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County Road 595 Appeal Concludes

23 Mar , 2018  

The battle between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Marquette County Road Commission concluded on March 20th in the U.S. 6th Circuit Court over County Road 595, the proposed road leading from Eagle Mine to Humboldt Mill. For those who need a refresher, the permit for CR 595 was submitted to the MDEQ in 2012 and as part of the review process, the U.S. EPA issued objections to the project based on the Clean Water Act. Long story short, the MDEQ did not issue the permit and the process then transferred to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


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County Road 595 Project Kicked to the Curb

7 Jan , 2013  

On January 3, 2013 Susan Hedman, the USEPA Regional Administrator for Region 5, received a letter in her Chicago office from Dan Wyant, Director of the MDEQ. In the letter, Wyant states, “This letter serves as formal notification that due to the short time frame allowed by statute and the complexity of the issues remaining, the Michigan DEQ is not issuing a permit for Marquette County Road 595.” More…

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EPA Issues Decision on CR 595

5 Dec , 2012  

December 5, 2012

 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced yesterday, December 4th, that they are both removing and upholding objections to the permit for County Road 595. The objection over whether the Marquette County Road Commission did an adequate job analyzing the alternative routes was removed. The objection over whether the Road Commission supplied an adequate Compensatory Mitigation Plan was upheld. More…

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Road Update on Yellow Dog Plains

22 May , 2012  

More insight continues to surface as the Marquette County Road Commission and Kennecott Eagle Minerals continue to push for their planned County Road 595. The Road Commission submitted a permit application for this road in late 2011 with subsequent resubmittals, which plans for the road to begin just east of Eagle Mine on the Yellow Dog Plains. The proposed route would run More…


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MDEQ Hearing on CR 595

22 Feb , 2012  

Last night a large number of citizens and groups attended the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s hearing on the proposed County Road 595. The road project permit application that was submitted by the Marquette County Road Commission was debated for 3 hours in Ishpeming. Comments both opposing and supporting the project were made. More…

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County Road 595 Hearing Next Week

17 Feb , 2012  

Tuesday 6pm, February 21st in Ishpeming at the Country Village Convention Center

The Marquette County Road Commission has presented an application for a series of permits to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The permit application proposes the construction of County Road 595,  a 21 mile road that would connect US-41 with County Road AAA.  The DEQ states in their press release, “…A significant goal of DEQ’s review is to solicit comments from the public, Department of Natural Resources and the United States Environmental Protection Agency on the reasonably foreseeable benefits and detriments of the proposed road, as well as More…

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