The Eagle Mine aerial photo from October Marquette courtesy of Kennecott Eagle Minerals Co. For ten years, Kennecott Eagle Minerals Jobs has been pushing to mine nickel and copper near Marquette.

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The company started underground blasting of the mine in September. The Department of Environmental Quality issued permits for the mine mining But several of those permits have been challenged in court. A circuit court judge in Ingham County recently upheld the mining permit. Michelle Halley is an attorney for the National Wildlife Federation. According to the Environmental Protection Agency The resulting fluid can be highly toxic to people and wildlife.

This is called acid mine drainage.

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On its website, Marquette Eagle Minerals Company says there is a risk that it can happen. Matt Johnson is with Kennecott. He says the company will use a state of the art water treatment plant to purify the mine water using reverse osmosis. Michelle Halley says the treated water from the mine will eventually be discharged to groundwater.

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There is no wastewater treatment plant that uses the components that are at Eagle on mine water. So any job is a good job. They say the jobs will last seven or eight years.