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MACKINAW CITY, MI (AP)--   More than two dozen people spoke out at a public hearing against a proposal for more anchor supports in the Straits of Mackinac to bolster twin oil pipelines.

Enbridge Inc. is asking the Department of Environmental Quality to allow installation of 48 additional supports for its Line 5 pipes. A public hearing Wednesday evening in Mackinaw City drew waterfront property owners, environmentalists and others.

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MACKINAW CITY, MI (AP)--   Michigan regulators will take public comments on a proposal for more anchor supports in the Straits of Mackinac to bolster twin oil pipelines. 

Enbridge Inc. is asking the Department of Environmental Quality to allow installation of 48 additional supports for its Line 5 pipes. They would be attached to the pipes and screwed into the lakebed.

A public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Mackinaw City.

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has proposed approving a mining permit for Aquila Resources for its Back Forty Project in Menominee County. 

The project would focus on the extraction of gold, zinc, and copper.  It includes a processing facility in Lake Township. 

The DEQ is seeking comments from the public on the proposed mining decision, as well as two other pending permit decisions:  an air emission and a surface water discharge permit.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Eagle Mine in Marquette County is applying for the renewal of a water discharge permit for the Humboldt Mill.  

It concerns the discharge of treated water from the mill’s water treatment plant to adjacent wetlands. 

Renewal of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit is required every five years.  Mine officials say since the issuance of the original permit additional data has been collected. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Department of Environmental Quality has set a date for a public hearing on the Eagle mine’s application for a groundwater discharge permit. 

The permit regulates the discharge of water from the mine’s water treatment plant to its treated water infiltration system and must be renewed every five years.   

The hearing is set for March 25 at 6 p.m. at Westwood High School in Ishpeming.  DEQ officials will first answer questions about the draft permit, then hold the public hearing. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will hold a public meeting next month on the Eagle mine’s application for a new groundwater discharge permit.  

The permit regulates the discharge of water from the mine’s water treatment plant to its treated water infiltration system and must be renewed every five years. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The City of Marquette is holding a public meeting to review proposed plans to develop a portion of Lakeshore Boulevard.  

The 3,000-foot section adjacent to Lake Superior is occupied by a tall ridge of rock rip-rap that blocks views of the lake.  Officials have developed five conceptual plans to redesign and restore the section, and are looking for public input on a preferred design. 

The meeting takes place Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Public Forum room of Lakeview Arena.  For more information, call 225-8380. 

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A public hearing is planned later this month to add Parkinson's disease to the list of illnesses that would qualify for medical marijuana use in Michigan. 

It would be the first addition since medical marijuana was approved by voters in 2008. A panel met in December to consider adding Parkinson's and post-traumatic stress disorder. Only Parkinson's made the cut. It is a brain disorder that causes tremors and problems with coordination.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Comment was mixed during a public hearing on proposed County Road 595 Tuesday night at Northern Michigan University.

The Environmental Protection Agency held the meeting to get feedback on the road, which would connect US-41 to County Road AAA through Champion, Ely, Humboldt, and Michigamme Townships.

Residents in favor of the road say it will help Marquette County’s economy by providing a better route between the Rio Tinto Eagle mine and a processing facility in Humboldt.  Opponents say its construction would impact too much wetland acreage.