THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Public Hearing Jan. 23 On Back 40 Mine Permit
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold a public hearing on the proposed Back Forty mine project from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at the Stephenson High School in Stephenson, Mich. on issuance of the fourth and final permit Aquila Resources needs to construct its controversial mine. DEQ expects to issue a ruling on the permit application before the middle of this year.
Opponents have repeatedly expressed strong concerns that if anything goes wrong, the open pit sulfide mine's close proximity to the Menominee River could lead to pollution of that pristine waterway as well as the waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan and groundwaters in surrounding areas. Members of the Menominee Tribe of Indians have also objected to disturbance of their ancestral grounds.
The last public hearing on Back Forty permit applications to the DEQ drew hundreds to the Stephenson School, some for the mine because of economic development possibilities, and others opposed.
Marinette and Oconto County Boards have both passed resolutions opposing the mine and the City of Menominee also recently expressed opposition.