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Menominee tribe files federal lawsuit over Back Forty Mine

January 22, 2018 - The Menominee Indian tribe is taking action against a proposed open pit mine along the Menominee River.

As of now three of the four permits required for the Back Forty Mine project have been approved by the state of Michigan.

Monday the tribe announced they have filed a lawsuit against the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

They claim those two agencies haven't taken responsibility for a wetland permit that is necessary for the project to continue.

The Menominee tribe is not in favor of the project itself, they say if a mine were to be built on the river's borders, the federal government needs to be responsible for providing safeguards for everyone involved.

"They haven't applied to the federal government for the permit which is the basis of the lawsuit," says Burton Warrington, an active attorney on the case. "We believe there's a federal permit and that the permitting requirements under the Clean Water Act has to be done by the federal government, not by the state of Michigan."

A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, January 23 at Stephenson High School at 6:00 p.m.

The hearing will determine the future of the Back Forty project.


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