UP road commission loses appeal over wetlands dispute

Mar 21, 2018

MARQUETTE, MI (AP)--   An appeals court is offering sympathy to the Marquette County Road Commission, but not a favorable decision in a dispute over a new road and wetlands. 

The Commission lost an appeal on County Road 595 Tuesday. Local officials wanted to create a more direct route for trucks between the Eagle mine and a processing mill in Humboldt Township.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency raised objections over the impacts. The road commission decided to give up when the application was transferred to a different agency.

The appeals court acknowledged that the road commission was put through a "long, expensive and frustrating" process. But the court says the commission can't sue the government because it voluntarily surrendered without waiting for a final ruling.