Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Kennecott/MDEQ bypass Michigan’s Sulfide Mining Law: Legal Brief from Appellants

MARQUETTE -- Save the Wild UP has made available in pdf format the legal brief filed in July 2010 in the Washtenaw County Circuit Court by Appellants -- the National Wildlife Federation, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Committee, the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve and the Huron Mountain Club -- in their case against the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment (MDNRE), formerly the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), and Kennecott Eagle Minerals Company (KEMC).

Save the Wild UP states the following in their Aug. 20, 2010, posting: "This brief is clear and for the most part, quite understandable, with overwhelming evidence that we are not protected at all by Michigan’s sulfide mining laws, because the MDEQ has chosen to permit Kennecott to ignore and violate the principle provisions of that law, and has virtually exempted Kennecott from cleanup of any area outside the current fence line, again in violation of the law’s provisions. As a result, miners, the environment, and citizens of the Upper Peninsula have NO PROTECTION against catastrophic failure of the mine or widespread pollution of streams and lakes. No other news media have published this evidence so far, but every concerned citizen needs to know what is going on."

Click here to read the brief.

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