February 9, 2017

Marquette County’s fight to build a road

By Marquette County’s fight to build a road

Marquette County in the upper peninsula of Michigan has had the construction of a county road that would save gas and promote the local economy while also creating a smaller carbon foot print blocked the Environmental Protection Agency, even after the road project was approved by the Department of Environmental Quality.

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Marquette County Road Commission v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The Marquette County Road Commission in Michigan’s upper peninsula, wants to build a road through some undeveloped land to create a short-cut for heavy-duty trucks transporting ore from a local mine to its processing facility. The state environmental quality agency agreed, but the federal EPA vetoed the county’s permit application for vaguely stated “environmental reasons” even though the county planned to protect 26 acres of wetlands for every one acre of wetland filled by the project.

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