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THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
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From Our Readers

Issue Date: July 3, 2019

Dear Editor:

POST "HEARING" Comments

After participating in three DEQ or EGLE Public Hearings in Stephenson High School gymnasiums, the common thread in all three was an inadequate Public Address system.

You would only expect when you attend a public hearing that the public would be able to hear. I would hold the State of Michigan to a higher standard and expect that they would provide professional sound service to serve the public so everyone could hear the dialog between the EGLE and the public, no matter where you were seated at the hearing.

Totally unacceptable.

I separated the speakers into two groups: Affected and Unaffected.

The 49 "AFFECTED" speakers covered many subjects from permit applications to Blastomycosis, delivering dynamic speeches to the EGLE, expressing opposition to the proposed mine. The "AFFECTED" people are landowners, home owners, and taxpayers on both sides of the Menominee River SOUTH of the proposed mine site, where they will be exposed to the effects of de-watering, contamination, pollution, and acid mine drainage down the river to the inlets of Menominee and Marinette's municipal water supplies, and on to Green Bay and Lake Michigan. Air Quality will be affected anywhere the wind blows, including Michigan and Wisconsin. Although Michigan is currently in charge of the permitting process, their jurisdiction ends at the river bank!

Neighboring Wisconsin has almost 80 miles of river shoreline on the Menominee River and also has "AFFECTED" landowners, home owners, and taxpayers. There are already eight Wisconsin Counties, Menominee County, Michigan, many cities, towns, tribal groups, religious entities, and over 53 major organizations who stand in opposition to the proposed mine.

The 11 "UNAFFECTED" people who spoke in favor of the mine came from 50 miles NORTH of the proposed mine site. Totally unaffected by any contamination or pollution"unless the wind blows the contaminants that far? How can these people even be allowed to testify when they DO NOT have a dog in this fight?

Politicians from more than 50 miles NORTH of the proposed mine site will NOT be "AFFECTED." Casperson will NOT be affected" nor LaFave, McBroom or any other of the mining leaders who spoke of mining as an industry instead of the issue at hand. Casperson sent a letter stating 20 million dollars in annual tax revenue could be received from Aquila. Marinette County alone received $159,000,000 in tourism dollars last year, which is sustainable year after year. What is the tourism dollar income for Menominee County, Michigan??? You cannot trade a short-lived tax incentive for long-term sustainability. Do the math !!

Dale Burie, President

Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River, Inc.



Editor:

Aquila Resources"not a mining company, but merely an exploration company that has never done a mine before"recently issued a press release to the media stating that they have all the required permits and that they can begin mining in 2020. Their statements are NOT TRUE. Please don't be fooled, because this mine is NOT a "done deal." As evidenced by the Consolidated Public Hearing held on 6-25-19, there are still three permits pending for Aquila Resources, concerning the proposed Back Forty Mine:

the 632 Amended Mining Permit, the Modified Air Quality Permit, and the Dam Safety Permit, which had never even been brought up for Public Comment, much less ever "issued." In the June 17-18, 2019 Webinar held by EGLE (formerly MDEQ), Adam Wygant, Division Director of the Oil, Gas, and Minerals Division, said "Perhaps it (the press release) implied that they had cleared all the regulatory hurdles, (and) received all permits that were going to be necessary; that's obviously NOT THE CASE. As part of this process here, we're reviewing one permit amendment; we're reviewing two other permits for Air Quality and Dam Safety. They have TWO permits that are currently being challenged; our original Mining Permit was challenged. There was an Administrative Law Judge decision that has now been appealed. "I just want to let the public know that it's NOT THE CASE and that from the perspective of the Department, THERE'S ADDITIONAL PERMITS THAT ARE REQUIRED. There's a couple ongoing contested cases that I really can't discuss. And also it's important to note that by Statute under 632, any required permit under the Natural Resources Department of Protection Act 451 HAS to be obtained BEFORE 632 Permit is ultimately effective."

So why should the public believe ANYTHING Aquila says? Let's send in written Public Comments and STOP this ridiculous-on-the-banks-of-the-Menominee-River, dangerous, risky, unsafe, misrepresented, horrible mine, once and for all!

1. Written comments for the Dam Safety Permit: E-mail: trumblel@michigan.gov (alphabet letter "l" and not a no. 1) "Permit HNK-5X9D-9HC0S under Part 315 Dam Safety" in the Subject line;

Snail-mail: EGLE, Water Resource Division, Marquette District Office,1504 West Washington St.,Marquette, MI 49855. DEADLINE: Must be received IN THE OFFICE by 5 p.m. July 5, 2019.

2. Written comments for PART 632 MINING PERMIT AMENDMENT: E-mail: EGLE-Mining-Comments@michigan.gov with "Back Forty Mining Permit" in the Subject line; Snail-Mail: Back Forty Project, EGLE/OGMD, 1504 West Washington St., Marquette, MI 49855. DEADLINE: Must be received IN THE OFFICE by 5 p.m. July 23, 2019.

3. Written comments for the AIR QUALITY PERMIT: Email: deq-aqd-ptipubliccomments@michigan.gov with "Aquila Resources Inc. " Permit to Install Application No. 205-15A" in the Subject line; Snail-mail: Ms. Annette Switzer, Permit Section Manager, EGLE, AQD, P. O. Box 30260, Lansing, MI 48909-7760.DEADLINE: Must be received IN THE OFFICE by 5 p.m. July 23, 2019.

For more information please contact: Melanie Humphrey: (906) 250-7564 humphreym@michigan.gov or Mark Snow: (517) 230-8233 snowm@michigan.gov.

Thank you.

Lea Jane Burie,

Wausaukee



Thank You Troops!!

Thanks to the men

And women like you,

Who fought and still fight,

For the Red, White and blue.

Who sacrifice, to keep us free,

To give us peace and liberty,

Though things are rough,

And Discouraging Too.

For protection, your safety,

And your needs to be met

We thank God for your courage,

Your sacrifice and sweat.

So know you are loved,

And appreciated, Too.

For your hardships and dedication,

May God, Truly Bless you.

Joyce Bedora,

Krakow, formerly of Peshtigo.



"Old Glory"

It's a thrill to watch "Old Glory" pass by

With hand on heart, and head held high.

Our flag of red, and white and blue,

Represents our Nation tried and true.

A country of men and women who dared

To fight and die because they cared,

To keep this land of american free

And help preserve our liberty

But

Then I bow my head and ask

How long, Dear Lord, will our freedom last?

When our right to pray in public schools

Is already against American rules;

When our freedom of speech, and freedom of press

Are helping the wrongdoer gain success.

When our Nation founded under God,

Bye vil is rapidly being trod.

So

Yes Father, help our Nation return to Thee,

And remain the Home of the Brave and the Free.

With the right to live, and the right to pray,

And worship You in our ow way.

Where love...and joy...and peace abound

And Truth...and justice...can be found.

Then we'll remain proud, with heads held high

As we thrill to watch "Old Glory" fly.

Joyce Bedora

Krakow, formerly of Peshtigo


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