Commission asks judge for new look at wetlands dispute
MARQUETTE, MI (AP)-- The Marquette County Road Commission is asking a judge to reconsider his decision to dismiss a lawsuit against the federal government over a road and wetlands.
The Commission had proposed to fill 25 acres of wetlands to build County Road 595, which would provide a more direct route for trucks between the Eagle mine and its processing mill in Humboldt.
But the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency raised objections over the impacts. State regulators didn't issue a permit in 2013 and sent the matter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The county declined to apply again.
Federal Judge Robert Holmes Bell said Marquette County doesn't have a viable claim against the EPA. In a filing Monday, the county says Bell erred in his analysis and wants him to reconsider.