To the Journal editor:
The Marquette County Community Foundation has entered into an agreement with Superior Watershed Partnership and the Rio Tinto Eagle Mine to provide oversight and problem resolution for the Community Environmental Monitoring Program.
The CEMP is a program designed to provide additional independent air and water monitoring of the Eagle Mine, the Humboldt processing mill and the transportation routes associated with the copper/nickel mine developed by Rio Tinto on the Yellow Dog Plains near Big Bay.
The agreement establishes a board to oversee the implementation of the CEMP and to resolve any disagreements that may arise in the future. The MCCF Board will appoint three members to the CEMP board, one with environmental expertise, one with mining expertise and one to represent the community at large.
The members will ensure the interests and concerns of the community are considered and to assist in the oversight of this historic agreement.
We need the assistance of every one to encourage qualified individuals to apply for the three member positions the MCCF board will appoint. We are especially short of applicants in the "community" category.
The applications can be made on line at the Marquette County Community Foundation website by clicking on CEMP.