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E-M:/ Conservationists Applaud DEQ's Decision to Hold Lansing Hearings

Enviro-Mich message from Brian Beauchamp <brian@michiganlcv.org>

February 19, 2007
Immediate Release

/Contact Lisa Wozniak or Brian Beauchamp
Michigan League of Conservation Voters Education Fund 734-222-9650

/*Michigan League of Conservation Voters Education Fund
Applauds Granholm Administration's Announcement to hold
Lansing Hearing on UP Mine

*/The announcement of March 12 public hearings in the Lower Peninsula
regarding the proposed metallic-sulfide mine northwest of Marquette shows
the DEQ's willingness to listen to downstate residents, many of whom
strongly oppose this mine

/Lansing, MI- The Michigan League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (LCV Ed.
Fund) and its allies across the state were encourages by Friday's news that the DEQ will
be holding two public hearing in Lansing on March 12 over the proposed, and highly
controversial, Kennecott Eagle Mining Company sulfide mining permit application.

"It's encouraging that the DEQ appears to be coming closer to understanding the
enormity of the public's concerns over this particular mine. The landmark decision over
whether this mine is permitted or not deserves the utmost in terms of agency scrutiny and
public involvement in the final decision," Lisa Wozniak, Executive Director for the
Michigan LCV Ed. Fund.

Concerns over the proposed mine come from across Michigan's Lower and Upper
Peninsulas. Much of the publics' negative opinion of this mine steams from the fact that
sulfide mining has never been done- in the USA or elsewhere- without acid mine
drainage, a devastating form of pollution.

"We're not saying that we're against mining in the UP, but as a resident of lower
Michigan who travels to the UP annually, I understand the consequences of and the risk
associated with this type of mining. It's simply not worth the risk" said Michigan LCV
Board Member, Robert Matthews of Milan, MI.

The March 12 hearing in Lansing will be held from 1:00-4:30 PM and 6:00-9:00 PM at
the Lansing Center. They will provide the opportunity for members of the public to voice
their technical, legal, and personal concerns about this particular mine.

For more information about the hearings, or to learn about the dangers of sulfide mining
please visit the Michigan LCV Ed. Fund Website at:


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