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EPA rejects environmental group's challenge to Eagle Mine, says case must go through Michigan


MARQUETTE, Michigan — An environmental group says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has rejected its challenge to a nickel and copper mine in the Upper Peninsula.

The group Save the Wild U.P. says the EPA's Appeals Board declined to act on its challenge to a groundwater discharge permit for the Eagle Mine. The group says the appeals board says the appeal should go to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

Save the Wild U.P. says the state's water permit fails to adequately protect the Salmon Trout River.

Toronto-based Lundin Corp. owns the mine, and company spokesman Dan Blondeau tells The Mining Journal of Marquette it will discharge only safe water.

Lundin said this month that it found "high-grade mineralization" that may be a sign of more minable ore at the Marquette County site.

This story has been corrected to show that signs of possible minable ore were found, not high-grade ore.

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