Fair
48°FFairFull Forecast
Pro Football Weekly Updated Draft Guide

Groups file lawsuit over mine near Starved Rock

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 4:00 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 7:04 p.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Three environmental groups have filed a lawsuit claiming the Illinois Department of Natural Resources granted a permit for a sand mind planned for land adjacent to Starved Rock State Park without fully considering its effects.

The Sierra Club, Prairie Rivers Network and Openlands said Wednesday that the lawsuit was filed in Springfield.

The DNR in November granted a permit to Mississippi Sand LLC for the 80-acre open-pit mine. The mine still needs a permit from the state Environmental Protection Agency.

The suit claims the DNR failed to follow its own guidelines in considering the mine's effects on vegetation, fish and wildlife, land values, air and water pollution and the local economy.

DNR spokesman Chris McCloud said the department hadn't yet reviewed the lawsuit and declined further comment.

Get breaking news sent to your phone. Sign up for text alerts from Sauk Valley Media!

National video



Reader Poll

Do you agree with President Trump ordering a missile attack against Syria in the aftermath of Syria’s apparent use of chemical weapons against its own people?
Yes
No
Not sure
No opinion