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Michigan Mining Restriction Measure (2012)

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The Michigan Mining Restriction Measure will not be on the 2012 statewide ballot in Michigan as an initiated state statute. The measure sought to implement 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.

Originally the measure was proposed for the 2010 ballot, however in February 2010 supporters announced that there was an insufficient number of signatures and efforts would be geared towards the 2012 ballot.[1]

Text of measure

The measure proposed:[2]

  • 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

Opposition

Sen. Mike Prusi, Sen. Jason Allen, Rep. Michael Lahti, Rep. Steven Lindberg and Rep. Judy Nerat all opposed to the proposed "Mining Restriction Measure." The lawmakers argued that the proposed measure would destroy the mining industry, eliminate jobs and ultimately destroy the Upper Peninsula economy. "While people in the U.P. are struggling to find work during these challenging economic times, wealthy backers of this ballot proposal are using misinformation and scare tactics in an effort to make the U.P. their private playground," they said in a November statement.[3]

Path to the ballot

See also: Michigan signature requirements

In order to place the measure on the November 2012 ballot supporters had to collect a minimum of 258,087 valid signatures by May 30, 2012.[4]

According the Michigan Secretary of State, no signatures were filed by the deadline.[5]

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