Recently Abandoned Gravel Mining Bill May Be Revived Again, Could Have Ramifications Across Michigan

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Photo of the White Horse Inn in downtown Metamora, Michigan.
Photo by Brandy Baker, The Detroit News

To the east of Flint, Michigan lies a tiny village called Metamora. With just one stoplight and a population of 565, Metamora is already home to four gravel pits. Yet, Michigan lawmakers are thinking about reviving a bill that would force another 500-acre gravel pit into the rural area surrounding the village.

If the bill, SB 1210, gets passed, it is estimated that 200 gravel trucks would drive through small Metamora downtown every day. The proposed pit is near an EPA Superfund site, the mining of which could potentially lead to more contamination of the area’s groundwater. Of greater concern, however, is what the proposed bill might mean to Michigan municipalities, as the bill could remove the rights of local governments to control decisions about aggregate mining.

The Metamora Land Preservation Alliance, a coalition of local homeowners, business owners, and concerned citizens, together with its legislative affiliate, is working to educate people about their concerns with this proposal and fight the legislature.

You can read an opinion piece about this issue published in the Detroit News.

 

 

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