MANISTEE - The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians joined a federal lawsuit challenging an Environmental Protection Agency mercury emission credit program.
The program would allow power plants to avoid reducing mercury emissions by purchasing pollution credits from a cleaner plant.
Lee Sprague, Little River's ogema, said the EPA's proposal threatens Great Lakes fisheries and the tribe's treaty-protected fishing rights. Mercury can create a health risk for people who consume fish from the Great Lakes.
The Little River Band joined numerous other tribes, the National Congress of American Indians and 15 other states in the lawsuit.