Traverse City Record-Eagle

April 5, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 04/05/2013


---- — Rio Tinto rolls back workforce in U.P.

HUMBOLDT — With a recent move to scale back its mine production and processing schedule, Rio Tinto reduced its overall contractor employment by 20 percent.

In February, Rio Tinto officials said the company would shift first production of nickel and copper at the company’s Eagle Mine and processing at the Humboldt Mill to the second half of 2014.

Officials said an aggressive construction season had been planned for this year and production was initially slated for early to mid-2014, but the decision was made to “moderate” the pace of construction in response to “economic headwinds” and volatility in commodities markets.

Sierra Club details environmental issues

DETROIT — An environmental group wants developers of a 50-year plan to improve Detroit neighborhoods and the quality of life for city residents to address traffic, pollution and other public health issues.

A State-of-the-Environment report was released Thursday by the Sierra Club’s Environmental Justice and Community Partnership Program.

The report outlines the omission in the Detroit Future City plan of industrial emissions, water contamination and air pollution close to schools. Detroit Future City was unveiled earlier this year after two years of research and community input. It focuses on job growth, land use, improving neighborhoods and rebuilding infrastructure.

“The Detroit Future City plan is our city’s opportunity to create a just, clean and prosperous future for all residents,” said Melissa Damaschke, Sierra Club’s Great Lakes program director. “We cannot miss this vital chance to protect our clean air and clean water.”