Appeals court to hear case against UP mine

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) -- The Michigan Court of Appeals has agreed to hear arguments against the state's decision to grant permits for a nickel and copper mine in the Upper Peninsula.

The court decided last week to consider an appeal by groups opposing the mine, including the National Wildlife Federation and the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

They contend the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality should not have granted permits for the Rio Tinto Eagle Mine, formerly known as the Kennecott Eagle mine. It's under construction in Marquette County.

Opponents say the mine could pollute ground and surface waters, including a river that flows into Lake Superior.

A mining company spokeswoman says those issues have already been considered by the DEQ and lower courts.

No date has been set for arguments before the appeals court.

Published: Wed, Aug 15, 2012

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