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Press statement: Mining approval misguided

Jan 14, 2010
Final approval of state permits for a dangerous sulfide mine in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula – announced today by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality – is disappointing and inappropriate, the Michigan Environmental Council said today.

“Strong Michigan laws were written specifically to protect Michigan’s waters, including the Great Lakes, from toxic byproducts this mining will create,” said MEC Spokesman Hugh McDiarmid Jr. “It is unfortunate that the state has chosen not to fully enforce these laws in the permitting process.”

McDiarmid said he expects an appeal of the decision by four groups who have filed a legal challenge to the permits: The National Wildlife Federation, Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve, Huron Mountain Club, and Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

The mine would be operated by Kennecott Minerals Co., a subsidiary of London-based Rio Tinto.
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Hugh McDiarmid Jr.: 248-660-4300
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