August 31, 2016

Our work for Yoopers gets some media attention

By Mark Miller Senior Attorney

Pacific Legal Foundation’s Atlantic Center represents clients in courts all over the eastern United States. We recently agreed to represent a local government agency, the Marquette County Road Commission, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It may seem strange for PLF to represent a government – don’t we usually sue the government? – but in this case we have good reason.

Why would we take up a local government’s legal battle? We would do so when that local government has a good, common-sense plan that overreaching bureaucrats in D.C. have arbitrarily blocked. Here, we have signed on to the Road Commission’s fight with the Environmental Protection Agency about the Commission’s intent to build a 21-mile road that will safeguard the community, protect the environment, and make the lives of those who live in this community of Yoopers better.  I could tell you about it but I’d rather let the Michigan media do that for me.

The local ABC affiliate shared the story on its newscast last night:

And NBC also made sure to share Pacific Legal Foundation’s involvement in the case on its newscast, as well.

I will appear on Lansing’s Morning Wake Up with Dave Akerly radio show Thursday morning to talk more about the case. You can listen to that broadcast live on 1320 WILS-am at this link. But you’ll need to wake up early: the show scheduled me for 7:20 a.m. Eastern.

It’s never too early in the morning to talk about our fight for liberty in the courts. Hope you listen in.

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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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