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County Road 595 – Marquette County Road Commission

Contact Information

Water Division
Melanie Haveman (haveman.melanie@epa.gov)
312-886-2255

Office of Public Affairs
Peter Cassell (cassell.peter@epa.gov)
312-886-6234

More information available

You may view the Marquette County Road Commission's permit application, amended application and additional documentation for the CR 595 project at:

Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library
317 N. Main St.
Ishpeming, Mich.

If you wish view related documents at the EPA's Chicago regional office, please make an appointment by contacting Melanie Haveman (see above).

You may call the EPA toll-free, 800-621-8431, weekdays, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Update

On Dec. 4, 2012, EPA lifted the agency's objection to the Marquette County Road Commission's assessment of alternative routes for the County Road 595 project and reiterated the types of mitigation measures necessary for the County's preferred route to comply with the Clean Water Act.  Since April 2012, EPA has worked closely with MDEQ and the County to develop a mitigation plan to finalize a state permit for the project.  On Jan. 3, 2013, MDEQ notified EPA that the State of Michigan will not issue a permit for the project. Permitting authority has now transferred to the Army Corps of Engineers, in accordance with the Clean Water Act.

Background

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is considering issuing a wetlands fill permit to the Marquette County Road Commission under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Sections 301 and 303 of the Michigan Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act. The Road Commission proposed a new 21.4-mile primary county road, running north-south between U.S. Highway 41 and County Road Triple A, through Champion, Ely, Humboldt, and Michigamme Townships. Its permit application stated that construction would affect 25.81 acres of wetlands and require building 22 stream crossings.

EPA has reviewed the proposed project and has raised questions as to whether there are practical, alternate routes which would have less impact on aquatic resources. EPA also noted the Commission's proposals to mitigate damage to wetlands and streams would not fully compensate for the loss of aquatic functions.

MDEQ has the authority to issue wetlands fill permits under the Clean Water Act. EPA retains oversight authority to object to proposed projects that do not comply with federal guidelines.

Documents

News Release

EPA Public Hearing on Wetland Fill Permit Application for County Road 595 in Marquette, Michigan - July 30, 2012

 


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