DNR Staff Recommends Approval Of New Limestone Mine Proposal

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is recommending approval of plans to develop a limestone mine in the Upper Peninsula.

The DNR announced Tuesday that officials with Graymont Inc. submitted a revised proposal for the mine on about 10,360 acres in northern Mackinac County, near Rexton. The revisions address the DNR’s previous concerns, so staff there have recommended DNR Director Keith Creagh approve the proposal during a March 19 Natural Resources Commission meeting in Roscommon.

Under the plan, Graymont would pay 30 cents for each ton of extracted limestone, up from its previous offer of 18.75 cents per ton. The company also would create a regional economic development fund to benefit local governments, schools and small businesses. The fund will provide $100,000 a year for five years starting in 2015.

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