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MDEQ public hearing on Jackson County gravel pit scheduled Thursday

Posted: 8:36 AM, Sep 27, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-27 14:25:16Z

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is holding a hearing Thursday night where people living in Grass Lake will have their chance to voice their concerns about a controversial gravel pit.

The Grass Lake Township Planning Commission approved a permit from L&L Development in October 2017 for the mining operation on Norvell Road.

A group called Friends of Grass Lake Township filed a lawsuit to stop the process in November 2017. That lawsuit claimed the Planning Commission did not consider potential consequences including the effects on property values, local business, roads, the water supply and quality of life in the area. It also accused the Planning Commission of violating the law by failing to follow Commission bylaws, the Township Zoning Ordinance and the Township Master Plan.

The MDEQ public hearing will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday night at the Grass Lake High School Auditorium.

Residents will be given two minutes to voice their concerns about how a mining operation.

The MDEQ has 120 days after the public input closing date of Oct. 8, 2018 to make a decision of issuing a permit for gravel pit.