Friday, August 05, 2011

Environmental group asks Michigan Attorney General to investigate allegations of fraud at DEQ

From Stand for the Land:
Posted on Aug. 1, 2011

WAVE (Water Action Vital Earth), based in Marquette Mich., has joined mining expert Jack Parker and Laura Gauger in requesting an investigation into alleged fraud involving the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and the permitting of Kennecott/Rio Tinto’s Eagle Mine Project.

Taking Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette at his word, "To uncover and prosecute crimes at all levels of state and local government," Parker and Gauger sent a report by Parker and a letter stating that the application to mine should have been rejected by the MDEQ.

Parker pointed out the following in a July 3 press release: "MDEQ ignored the conclusions and recommendations of their own expert and those of other experts and accepted the application. They went on to issue all permits demanded by Kennecott, regardless of protests by public and by experts. Kennecott has been conducting construction activities ever since, illegally but with the consent of MDEQ."

They are asking for support in the form of letters to the Attorney General and letters to the media.

Read more, including WAVE's letter to the A.G. and a citizen letter from Margaret Comfort ...

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