Legal team to represent road commission vs. EPA

Legal team to represent road commission vs. EPA

ISHPEMING — The Marquette County Road Commission will continue its fight to build County Road 595 in Humboldt Township.

The commission, along with Stand U.P., is partnering with Pacific Legal Foundation out of Sacramento, California, to continue their legal proceedings against the Environmental Protection Agency.

Their lawsuit against the EPA for failing to act on a construction permit for the road was dismissed by a judge in June. A lawyer with Pacific Legal Foundation has dealt with the EPA in previous lawsuits like this one.

“Property owners have a right to go into court when the EPA or the court make decisions that have for the property owners,” said Mark Miller, of Pacific Legal Foundation. “What more do we have here than consequences? We have trucks running through these towns putting communities at risk for arbitrary and capricious reasons that the EPA frankly doesn’t feel it has to explain.”

The appeals process depends on when Judge Robert Holmes Bell hears the appeal. If it were ever constructed, County Road 595 would connect County Road AAA and US–41 in Humboldt Township.

The 21–mile stretch of road would reduce the amount of mine trucks on US–41 and in the City of Marquette.