Victory in Huron Mountain Club

October 31, 2013 | By BRIAN HODGES

The Eagle Mine can continue to move forward, according to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which issued an opinion yesterday in Huron Mountain Club v. United States Army Corps of Engineers.  PLF filed an amicus brief in that case urging the Court of Appeals to reject a wildlife group’s repeated attempts to block the … ...


Got a permit? EPA doesn't care

May 15, 2013 | By BRIAN HODGES

When the Supreme Court of the United States issued its opinion in Rapanos v. United States a few years ago, it highlighted that the average applicant for a Clean Water Act Section 404 permit spends 788 days and $271,596 to complete the permitting process.  Why would an applicant commit so much time and money to … ...


Senators troubled by EPA's position on Pebble Mine

February 26, 2013 | By BRIAN HODGES

In a letter addressed to Acting EPA Administrator Bob Perciasepe, Senators David Vitter and Roger Wicker write that they believe EPA has decided to grant itself “preemptive veto authority” over Clean Water Act Section 404 permitting decisions.  Section 404, which is generally administered by the Army Corps of Engineers, provides that a ...


PLF joins legal fight over Eagle Mine

February 06, 2013 | By BRIAN HODGES

The first new copper and nickel mine to open in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in decades should be up and running next year.  After passing intensive environmental review, Eagle Mine obtained all state approvals necessary to begin operations.  It will soon employ hundreds of workers and will be an economic bright spot in a part of … ...