FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 18, 2009
Contact: Michelle Halley, NWF – 906-361-0520
Mine opponents find both good and bad in judge’s decision
NWF and partners pleased with Eagle Rock protection, will appeal remainder of decision
MARQUETTE, MICH – Administrative Law Judge Richard Patterson announced today that he will uphold permits issued to Kennecott Eagle Minerals Company by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in 2007, with one critical exception that could nix the project or at the very least require a major overhaul of the mining plan. Nonetheless, the petitioners in the case will likely appeal the portions of the permits not struck down or modified. Attorneys say the contested case record provides a remarkably strong basis for appeal. More…
The MDEQ asked for a third delay this year on making a decision on the proposed Kennecott Eagle Minerals Company reuse of the Humboldt Mill. In June, the DEQ asked the deadline to be extended to allow the agency to review and evaluate Kennecott’s response to the requests for clarification submitted to the Department from Kennecott earlier this year. Kennecott’s proposed reuse application was originally submitted to the DEQ on Dec. 26. In April, the DEQ asked for a deadline extension until June 19.
Michelle Halley of National Wildlife Federation said the delays and company financial setbacks of Rio Tinto shake the certainty of the projects. “Both this permit process (Humboldt) and the Eagle permit process still have a long way to go and there’s no More…
The National Wildlife Federation, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Huron Mountain Club, and Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve have pointed out that the DNR’s land lease decision violated the common law public trust doctrine. The plaintiffs asked that Judge Paula Manderfield should consider that re-opening a previous decion. In March, Manderfield dismissed the opponents’ appeal of the DNR’s lease decision. In April, Manderfield agreed to reopen a portion of the case to hear the public trust jurisdiction issue only. Because Manderfield’s original capacity in this case was to rule on an appeal to an earlier DNR decision to lease to Kennecott, mining company attorneys argued the claim lies outside Manderfield’s jurisdiction. More…
Western Mining Action Network and Indigenous Environmental Network approved a $3000 grant from YDWP to assist in funding our water chemistry program. This money will go directly to the analysis of water samples in the Yellow Dog and Salmon-Trout River watersheds for low level micro-analysis. “We want to have the best baseline information regarding current water quality conditions as a preventitive measure against degradation in any form,” said Emily Whittaker, Executive Director of YDWP. WMAN has long supported the mission of our group and helps others facing a prospective mining plan in their community. YDWP thanks WMAN very much for their support!
Freshwater Future is pleased to announce that our group will be receiving a grant in the amount of $1000 to put toward our strategic planning. “This project is imperative to the success of any watershed group in times like these. We have never had as many threats, meanwhile dealing with economic hardships. This money will help us stay on track regardless of obstacles,” said Emily Whittaker, Executive Director of YDWP. Freshwater Future has support our group many times in the past and funds local watershed groups around the Great Lakes Basin. Visit www.freshwaterfuture.com for more information about this funder.
Join YDWP staff, volunteers, and Board to the annual Alliance for the Great Lakes Beach Clean Up. This year we will be cleaning up Squaw Beach in Big Bay on September 19, 2009 at 11am. Participants interested should call our office and let us know you are coming at 906-345-9223. Past years have been very successful in that we collect alot of garbage that would eventually end up in Lake Superior! Please take a day for some civic duties. Light refreshments will be provided.