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2014 UPEC Celebrate the UP: 
Friday & Saturday
March 21-22, 2014
in Hancock, Mi.

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Information about Mining:

FOLK updates on Mining Issues
Public Meeting on Haul Road 595: Marquette Feb 2012
Copperwood Mine
Mining in the Lake Superior Basin
Mining in the State of Michigan

Proposed Kennecott Mine Eagle Project Update
Due to the extreme complexity of this issue and the many fronts going on simultaneously, here is an update of events that have taken place in the past year to date from Save the Wild UP: Fact Sheet

Some Hot Issues are discussed here in Jon Saari's op-eds that appeared in Marquette's Mining Journal and KeweenawNow and other publications; Jon is a retired NMU professor, also member and past president of UPEC and Board Member of Save the Wild UP.

Wisconsin Citizens May Sue Kennecott for Ongoing Pollution at the Flambeau Mine

The Wisconsin Resources Protection Council (WRPC) announced it intends to file a lawsuit against the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) and Kennecott's Flambeau Mining Company (FMC). The lawsuit would be in response to ongoing water pollution that violates Wisconsin law and the Federal Clean Water Act at the Flambeau mine in Rusk County. Since Kennecott and other mining companies have promoted the Flambeau mine around the world as an example of a "green" and sustainable mine, winning this lawsuit will help protect everyone's freshwater resources. More info here: http://www.savethewildup.org/blog/flambeau-mine-causing-illegal-water-pollution/


EPA Releases Great Lakes Restoration Action Plan
On Sunday, February 21, 2010, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced an ambitious 5-year plan to tackle toxic contamination, invasive species and dwindling wildlife habitat in the Great Lakes region. Jackson announced that the federal government plans to spend $2.2 billion restoring this precious ecosystem, which stores 20 percent of the world's freshwater.
For more information on the full action plan announced by Administrator Jackson, click here: Great Lakes Restoration Action Plan.

Read the FY 2010-14 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan


Great Winter Rec Guide in UP Wilderness Areas!

The Peter Wolfe Chapter of the North Country Trail Offers Volunteer Adventures!

The NCTA looks for volunteers to help build and maintain the trail in the Western UP. Work begins in June and runs thru the summer. For more information, go to their website at www.northcountrytrail.org/pwf
There are volunteer opportunities across the UP to help with NCT building, support and maintenance, click here to visit other Michigan NCT chapter's webpages.


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2012 Issues:



 The Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition (UPEC) announces an open forum on eminent domain, or the right of public authorities to condemn private land for public purposes, including road-building and economic development.  It will be held at the Federated Women’s Clubhouse, corner of Ridge and Front streets in Marquette, on Wednesday, February 29, at 7:00 P.M. 

 The condemnation of private land is one hammer in the toolbox of public authorities for achieving their goals.  It has surfaced as an issue in the proposed County Road 595, which is no longer a private mining haul road but a public road spearheaded by the Marquette County Road Commission. Is this tool likely to be used?  This free public forum will allow a thorough exploration of this issue. 

 The facilitator will be Dr. Phil Bellfy, a Native American educator, author, and Michigan State University professor, who had studied the use and abuse of eminent domain in the Lansing area. Based on this experience and research, he will explain the laws, address the standards introduced in the 2006 state constitutional referendum, and illustrate through case studies how eminent domain has been practiced in Michigan

 UPEC Contact person: Jon Saari, 906-228-4656

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22 March 5:30 at MTU EERC rm 103 IJC Co-Chair, Lana Pollack talk "Can Science Save the Great Lakes?"


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