No more speculation. No more official denials.
The Marquette County Road Commission is taking the EPA to court.
The Road Commission has voted unanimously to authorize a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency.
Two years ago, the EPA refused to allow the Road Commission and the Rio Tinto/Lundin mine in northern Marquette County to build County Road 595, a 22 mile road through the wilderness to a location near the Humboldt mill.
The EPA was concerned that the road would infringe on the wetlands and streams in the area. City and county officials were angered by the EPA’s ruling. Now they’re taking action.
The Road Commission vote yesterday stipulated that no public funds be used in the lawsuit.
Private funds, of course. From companies, or conceivably, individuals. But as reported previously here, there are companies with an interest in building the road–timber perhaps?–and State Senator Tom Casperson has been working behind the scenes to gather support…and potential funding for the lawsuit.
The Road Commission is engaging Clark Hill to proceed with the lawsuit against the feds. Presumably Mr. Hill is going to want to know where his compensation is coming from.
The dealings that were occurring behind closed doors are now seeing the light of day.
And needless to say, this sets up a likely clash with environmental groups who adamantly oppose CR 595.
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