THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Hearing Oct. 6 On "Back 40" Mine Permit
There are some who believe the proposed metallic sulfide mine planned by Aquila Resources near the Menominee River in Michigan's Lake Township, known as the Back 40 Project, will be a boon for economic development and job growth in the area. Others adamantly oppose the mine declare that it will pollute the Menominee River, possibly destroy groundwater on both the Michigan and Wisconsin sides of the river, and create noise and dust pollution for neighbors in both states.
People on both sides of the question can have their say at a public hearing to be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6 at the high school in Stephenson, Mich.
Michigan DEQ has tentatively agreed to approve the mine permit. Public comments will be received until Thursday, Nov. 3. A final decision on the mining permit is to be issued on or before Dec. 1.
A wetlands permit application for the project was incomplete as of Sept. 8, as was a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit.
A group known as the Front 40 has organized to oppose the Back 40 Project. After hearing from speakers opposed to the mine at its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 20, Marinette County Board unanimously voted to oppose the permit.
The Menominee Tribe of Indians has also expressed opposition and staged a "Walk for the Sacred Water Where Our Wild Rice Grows" on Sept. 21 and 22 from Menekaunee in Marinette 21 miles north to a boat landing on the Menominee River near the proposed mine site. Some tribal spokesmen have said the proposed mine is near some sites with historic importance to the tribe, and have expressed outrage that the federal government is not protecting its sacred and cultural resources.