mining laws

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Environmental groups want Governor Rick Snyder to say “no” to legislation on his desk.  

They’re concerned about bills that would change some oversight requirements for state mines.

Sean Hammond is with the Michigan Environmental Council. He says they’re especially worried about a bill that would let mines amend their permits without a public hearing. Instead, the mine would just have to give written notification to the Department of Environmental Quality. Hammond says the mines need to be accountable to the public.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Mining companies would be able to modify onsite facilities without an environmental permit amendment under legislation that has passed the Michigan House. 

Lawmakers voted 63-45 on Tuesday to advance the bill to grant companies more flexibility in moving and adjusting their mining sites and buildings. The proposed change would allow mining companies to modify the facilities provided they give Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality a 30-day notice and if the changes don't add environmental risk.