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A Gravel Mine in Lyndon?

 

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In a February statement, McCoig said it is "unrealistic to address all of the concerns we have received and those heard at the February 17th public hearing" in a public response. Instead, the company stressed the need for sand and gravel--"Each American uses approximately 10 tons of aggregate material every year"--and Lyndon's ongoing review process: "The Township has a comprehensive mining ordinance in place to protect the health and welfare of its residents, local water resources, and the environment in general. We are committed to working with the Township and the review consultants to meet and/or exceed the requirements of that ordinance."

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The February planning commission meeting was so well attended that some people didn't get a chance to speak, so the township has another scheduled for March 13 at the Washington Street Education Center in Chelsea. But eventually the commission will have to make its recommendation to approve or deny, and the township board will then have to accept or reject their recommendation--and then Lyndon will probably be sued.

Though the state's departments of natural resources and environmental quality will also hold a public hearing, state law isn't much help. "Public Act 389 of 2012 approved by [governor Rick] Snyder says there have to be very serious consequences for us to turn down a business activity," says Mary Jane Eder. "We think the effects on property values and traffic safety are serious consequences, but the state might not agree."

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