Feds reject Michigan permit for mine near sensitive tribal waters

Menominee RiverFrom Environmental Health News, March 19, 2018.

EPA says state permitting for the mine doesn’t meet Clean Water Act standards or address cultural concerns.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has objected to a wetland permit for the proposed Back Forty Mine in Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula near the Wisconsin border.

The Menominee Indians across the border in Wisconsin—but whose tribal lands once encompassed the mine site—have fought Michigan’s permitting process for years, saying the state was ignoring their concerns both about the project’s threat to water quality and sacred cultural artifacts nearby.

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