waterloo http://michiganradio.org en Neighbors express concerns about proposed sand and gravel mine near Chelsea http://michiganradio.org/post/neighbors-express-concerns-about-proposed-sand-and-gravel-mine-near-chelsea <p>A Ready-Mix concrete company, <a href="http://www.mccoigmaterials.com/">McCoig Materials</a>, wants to open up a mine on a site north of Chelsea. The two parcels of land they want to mine are in between the Waterloo and Pinckney Recreation areas. This part of southeast Michigan has a lot of little lakes and unique natural areas.</p><p>McCoig Materials wants to operate the mine for 22 to 30 years and remove 11 million tons of sand and gravel.</p><p>People who live on the lakes nearby have been raising concerns about that.</p><p>Mary Mandeville spends summers in her cottage at Island Lake.</p><p>“Just to the west of us is where the proposed gravel mine would be putting in their operations. We’re very concerned about the impact on the environment, on the water table level. We’re concerned about air quality with all the dust from the dumping of the gravel into the trucks.”</p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:50:00 +0000 Rebecca Williams 16804 at http://michiganradio.org Neighbors express concerns about proposed sand and gravel mine near Chelsea State might allow mining in the Waterloo Recreation Area http://michiganradio.org/post/state-might-allow-mining-waterloo-recreation-area <p>The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment wants to allow sand and gravel mining in the largest park in the lower peninsula &ndash; the Waterloo Recreation Area.</p><p>The DNRE is considering allowing mining on 72 acres of the 20,000 acre park.</p><p>It would be the first time mining would be allowed in the Waterloo Recreation Area.</p><p>Aggregate Industries, a Maryland-based company and a subsidiary of a Swiss-owned company, wants to do the mining.</p><p>The company has already been mining right on Waterloo&#39;s western boundary. Tue, 08 Mar 2011 19:32:09 +0000 Rebecca Williams 1549 at http://michiganradio.org State might allow mining in the Waterloo Recreation Area