Opponents file suit over state approval of mine

Traverse City, Michigan (AP) 3-08

Foes of a proposed nickel and copper mine in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula have filed another legal challenge.

Opponents sued the Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently. The DNR approved Kennecott Minerals Co.’s plans during February and agreed to lease 120 acres of state land for the mine’s surface facilities.

The suit was filed in Ingham County Circuit Court by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, the Huron Mountain Club, the National Wildlife Federation and the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve.

They also sued the state Department of Environmental Quality in December after it approved the mine, which would be located in Marquette County.

Opponents say the mine would damage the environment. The company says it would operate safely and create jobs.