Two permits for Back Forty Mine in U.P. approved by the state

Test drilling work being done at the Back Forty mine project in Menominee Co., Michigan. (Undated photo courtesy Aquila Resources.)

MARQUETTE, MICH. (WLUK) - The Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality has approved two permits for the Back Forty mine project in Menominee County, Mich.

Aquila Resources wants to operate the gold and zinc mine Lake Township.

The department approved the company's applications for a Nonferrous Metallic Mineral Mining Permit (Mining Permit), and the Michigan Air Use Permit to Install.

"These decisions come after comprehensive and detailed reviews of the applications and careful consideration of the comments received throughout the review process," the state says in the release.

Two additional necessary permits, National Pollution Elimination System (NPDES) permit and a permit for wetland impacts are under consideration.

Mine opponents are planning a protest for noon Thursday, starting at Stephenson Island in Marinette.

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