Moran Flambeau Summary Report

An important summary report regarding water contamination at the Flambeau Mine site was released in April 2017, authored by Dr. Robert E. Moran (remwater.org). Dr. Moran, a geochemist and hydrogeologist with over 45 years of domestic and international experience in mining-related water quality work, reviewed thousands of pages of historical and modern Flambeau Mining Company (FMC) documents and concluded the following:

“Flambeau ground and surface water quality is being and has been degraded—despite years of industry public relations statements touting the success of the FMC operation. Rio Tinto said in a 2013 public relations (PR) release regarding the Flambeau Mine: “Testing shows conclusively that ground water quality surrounding the site is as good as it was before mining.” In efforts to encourage development of the other metal-sulfide deposits in northern Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region, the industry approach has been to simply repeat this false statement over and over, assuming that repetition will make it believed. Unfortunately, the FMC data show otherwise.

To access Dr. Moran’s summary report and related documents, please click on the following links:

To access Dr. Moran’s full Flambeau report, released posthumously in May 2019, please click on the following link:

Dr. Moran’s reports stand in stark contrast to promotional materials about the Flambeau Mine circulated by the mining industry: