Current UPEC issues



Here are some of the issues we are currently working on.

Recent Sign-Ons

UPEC is often asked to sign on to letters on a variety of environmental topics. The Board considers each one before deciding whether to sign on. Here are ones we’ve signed on to in recent months.

  • Opposing Trump Administration rollback of National Environmental Policy Act

  • Supporting Paw and Fin Act, to restore provisions of the Endangered Species Act rolled back by Trump Administration

  • Opposing proposed nuclear storage site near Lake Huron

  • Calling on Department of the Interior to suspend public comment periods during the Covid-19 crisis

  • Opposing unconditional bailouts of the aviation industry

  • Urging Congress to consider illegal wildlife trade as root cause of Covid-19

  • Supporting a tax credit for all taxpayers, not just itemizers, in the coronavirus relief bill

  • Requesting extension of public comment periods for all Forest Service projects during Covid-19

  • Urging Congress to increase funding for monarch butterfly conservation

  • Endorsing UP Energy Task Force Committee Recommendations on Propane Supply

  • Requesting that the Office of Management & Budget pause all rulemaking, permitting, and comment periods for oil, gas, and mining for the duration of the COVID-19

  • Opposing bailouts of marginal uranium companies

  • Requesting that Governor Whitmer put the Line 5 permitting process on hold

  • Asking for various clean water priorities in Covid-19 relief packages

  • Opposing Covid-19 relief bills that bail out Big Oil

Select UPEC Position Papers

(list under development)



For over 45 years, UPEC has adopted carefully considered positions on a wide range of environmental issues facing Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Below are links to our latest position papers, as well as a summary of sign-on letters we’ve endorsed recently.

We also post daily to Facebook, so please visit and like the UPEC Facebook page to see issues that concern the Upper Peninsula and the Great Lakes area!

If you know of an issue you think we should also be aware of and haven’t seen us post anything about it, please contact us and let us know.

Position Papers & Comment Letters (to be posted soon)

  • Latest

  • 2018 Year in Review for UPEC issues (Mar 2019)

  • UPEC comment to DEQ Dir on Back 40 mine (Jan 2019)

  • UPEC comment on Proposed Tunnel under the Mackinac bridge (Dec 2018)

  • Sign on to Wildlife Corridor Legislation Dec 2018

  • UPEC position page on Summit Wind Towers

  • UPEC position page on Michigan Senate Bills 652-654

  • Comment Letter on proposal to add mining as a covered sector under FAST-41  (March 2018)

  • Comment Letter on Osisko and Aquila-Resources’-Back-Forty-mining (February 2018)

  • Line 5 Alternatives Analysis

  • Net-Pen Aquaculture in Michigan

  • Sylvania Wilderness bicycle trail

  • Water diversion from the Great Lakes, Waukesha

  • Great Lake Fisheries Research Authorization Act -March 2016 

  • Net Pen Aquaculture Nov 2015

Sign-on Letters

  • Latest

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