By Tim Kowols
Local and state government officials are hoping the state of Michigan listens to their call to halt plans for a mine in the Upper Peninsula. Known as the Back 40 Mine, the Menominee, Mich.-based sulfide mining operation is slated to be about 150 feet from its river and could be an environmental hazard for the immediate area and the Great Lakes. Democratic State Senator Dave Hansen hopes to get more support for his measure voicing concern about opening the mine similar to those already passed by the Brown County Board, the Marinette County Board, and the city of Marinette.
The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin is suing the state of Michigan for issuing the necessary permits for the mine due to its environmental and even cultural impacts. Door County officials will weigh in on the issue at upcoming meetings of the Legislative and Land Conservation Committees.