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Citizen Action,Sulfide Mining


26 Jan , 2015  

The Marquette County Road Commission (MCRC) unanimously agreed to sue the EPA for upholding its objections to the proposed County Road 595 a haul road for the Eagle Mine. This decision occurred during a closed session portion of a public meeting held on January 19th, 2015. The EPA will need to use public funding to hire lawyers to continue to defend their decision and our local environment. Our misguided local road commission’s agenda does not serve the needs of citizens, only corporations and agencies who profit from this excess development at whatever cost. The MCRC will not publicly disclose the source of funds for the lawsuit. More…

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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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Strong Public Opposition to CR 595 at Hearing

29 Aug , 2012  

On Tuesday night atNorthernMichiganUniversity, the U.S. EPA held a public hearing at the request of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to hear comments about the EPA’s objections to issuing a permit to build County Road 595. County Road 595 is a project that has been put forth by the Marquette County Road Commission. The proposed road would begin near Rio Tinto’s Eagle Mine and end near Rio Tinto’s Humboldt Mill. In 2009, Rio Tinto applied to have a road almost identical to CR 595 built called theWoodland Road. State and federal agencies then issued More…

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EPA rules permit not needed

2 Jul , 2010  

Today we received disappointing news that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency did not agree that Kennecott Eagle Minerals needed a federal permit for discharge of wastewater into groundwater. YDWP disagrees, as the original design was changed slightly from underground piping to above ground piping by the company to get around the permit requirement. The potential effects remain the same and the company should be held to a higher standard. More…

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