Two days before the Michigan State Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) ceased to exist and a week after its director stepped down, DEQ moved to wrap up a long standing fight over permits for a planned nickel sulphide mine by concluding that only buildings may be considered “places of worship” and that therefore a rock sacred to the Keeweenaw Bay Indian Community was not worthy of protection. Kennecott is a subsidiary of Rio Tinto.
See also
Through the Looking Glass: Michigan DEQ Says Michigan DEQ Followed Law In Rio Tinto Approval
Kennecott Mine Not Done Deal: opinion piece by Jack Parker, Baltic, Michigan, USA
Rio Tinto’s Permits Should Be Revoked