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Legal foundation appealing CR 595 decision


MARQUETTE, MI--   A group representing the Marquette County Road Commission is appealing a judge’s ruling saying the EPA’s veto of County Road 595 will stand.

The Pacific Legal Foundation says it advocates for limited government, property rights, individual rights, and a balanced approach to environmental protection. Its attorneys have filed with the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a judge’s decision to deny a motion of reconsideration.

The Road Commission wants to construct County Road 595 to create a faster route between the Eagle Mine and its Humboldt mill. The EPA objected, saying the project would adversely impact wetlands, and Judge Robert Homes Bell said he would not revisit the issue.

PLF managing attorney Mark Miller says, “This case is about winning local residents the right to construct a road that will benefit the environment, help the economy, and enhance traffic safety.  But it is also about the rule of law.  EPA’s contention that it is not accountable to any outside authority for its road veto cannot be allowed to stand.”

The Foundation is representing the Marquette County Road Commission free of charge.  

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