County Road 595 reconsideration denied; plans set to appeal decision

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MARQUETTE COUNTY, Mich. (WLUC) - Reconsideration for County Road 595 was denied last week in federal courts.

The motion for reconsideration was filed by the Marquette County Road Commission along with the Pacific Legal Foundation after the road was denied by the same federal judge in May of this year.
The legal challenge stems from the EPA denying the Marquette County Road Commission a permit to build the road.

Hopes for the road are to create a more direct route for mining trucks running back and forth between the mines and processing mills, but in order to do this, they must fill in 25 acres of wetlands.

“Our hope right now is with the new director in the EPA, we could possibly get something earlier than that. Having the new director look at what's going on and what the EPA is trying to argue, we think if he looks close at this, he's not going to agree with what they've done to us and where their trying to go, and we could even get it settled before we go to the Supreme Court,” Senator Tom Casperson said in a phone interview.

The road commission plans on appealing this decision in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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