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Mining restriction proposal filed for Michigan's 2010 ballot
LANSING, Michigan: A mining restriction proposal has been filed and accepted by the state election board. The proposal calls for tougher laws on mining in order to protect the Great Lakes as well as local inland lakes, rivers and the overall environment from contamination. The petition was filed by the Michigan Save Our Water Committee. In order to place the measure on the November 2010 ballot supporters must collect a minimum of 300,000 valid signatures by May 2010.
The measure proposes:
- prohibiting uranium mining and processing until new rules are established
- requiring that sulfide and other types of mines be located 2,000 feet from lakes, streams and rivers