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E-M:/ Fw: Call for an EA on Trap Rock Mine on Superior Shoreline - Letters due May 3

Enviro-Mich message from ecoed@netzero.net

To all enviro-michers
 John Carlos is a large Michigan construction company who plans to blow up a mountain of 3 billion year old rocks along a pristine stretch of Lake Superior near Wawa, ont and ship south by freighter for Michigan roads.  Anyone familiar with this area knows that it is a world class natural and wilderness area, just look at the map. You must e-mail or fax Canadian official by Mon. 5/3.  Thanks, Ed McArdle

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Michipicoten Township has launched a full-tilt campaign against the
Ministry of the Environment requiring an environmental assessment of a trap
rock mine on the shores of Lake Superior. 

If allowed to proceed, the massive aggregate operation - Carlos
Construction owns 1000 acres of shoreline - will see Superior Aggregates
drilling, blasting and crushing ancient bedrock into aggregate, and washing
and stockpiling the aggregate on the shores of Lake Superior before it is
shipped by lake freighter to markets in the U.S. and possibly southern
Ontario. The project will create 15 to 18 permanent jobs. 

The municipality is crusading against any environmental assessment being
done, in response to the Ministry of the Environment's request for additional
public input on a proposal to designate the project under the Environmental
Assessment Act. If designated under the EAA, the project would be subject
to an environmental assessment review, and possibly a hearing. Comments
must be received by May 3.

The municipal campaign includes radio and newspaper ads, a letter-writing
blitz, and a door-to-door canvas to get signatures on a letter from the
Township opposing an EA. The letter has also been available for signing at
the town hall and the Community Centre. 

Concerns include potential environmental impacts, as well as negative
social, cultural and economic effects. Environmental effects include
potential for acid mine drainage, leaching of heavy metals, spills and
other pollutants related to the freighter movement, and dust and noise, as
well as loss of habitat and impacts on the area's wilderness qualities.

Letters supporting the project being the subject of an environmental
assessment should be received by the Ministry of the Environment no later
than May 3rd. For more information, visit the web site for the Citizens
Concerned for Michipicoten Bay at www.ccmb.ca. Letters should be sent to
Heather Brown, Environmental Assessment and Approvals Branch, 2 St. Clair
West, Suite 12A, Toronto, M4V 1L5 or be sent by fax  416-314-8452 or email
heather.brown@ene.gov.on.ca. All letters should quote EBR Registry Number:
For more information visit www.ccmb.ca
Box 282, North Bay   P1B 8H2

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