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Mining project gets thumbs up from MDEQ

Sep 2, 2016

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The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has proposed approving a permit for a company that plans to develop a gold, zinc and copper mine in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The agency announced the decision Friday about the mining permit for Aquila Resources for the Back Forty Project in Menominee County. The project also includes a proposed processing facility in Lake Township.

A public hearing is planned for October 6.

The MDEQ says it determined the application meets the requirements for approval under Michigan's mining law.

The agency is seeking comments on the proposed mining permit decision, as well as two other pending permit decisions for the project: an air emissions and surface waters discharge permit.

A fourth permit application for impacts to wetlands will be considered.