Monday, March 14, 2011

Headwaters: EPA to respond to Levin, Stabenow’s Rio Tinto road request

By Gabriel Caplett
Posted March 11, 2011, on Headwaters News

MARQUETTE -- Some political supporters of Rio Tinto may be disappointed to learn that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will have oversight of the company’s ore hauling project, part of its Eagle Mine, whether local government or the company applies for the permits.

In January the Marquette County Board of Commissioners sent a letter to federal representatives asking to "please inquire on Marquette County’s behalf on the length of the review process and why a public application for a new public road is being considered as an extension of a private road application that was filed by a private company."

The letter, signed by Chairman Charles Bergdahl, claimed that a new ore hauling road would "provide additional recreational opportunities to the public as well as provide a direct benefit to the timber, mining, and gravel industries."

Several weeks later Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow forwarded the county’s request on to EPA Director Lisa Jackson. ... Click here to read the rest of this article on Headwaters News.

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