Dr. Benishek Leads Effort For Job Creation In Northern Michigan

Nov 5, 2012 Issues: Economy and Jobs

MARQUETTE, MI:  Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01) recently led a joint effort in Congress to promote Northern Michigan jobs by sending a letter urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take action and allow for the construction of County Road 595 in Marquette County.

“Families and small businesses in Northern Michigan are hurting right now.  Good paying jobs are hard to come by.  The unemployment rate in Northern Michigan is well above the national average, yet bureaucrats in Washington are preventing the creation of new jobs in our region. I’m urging the EPA to remove its objections to the road as soon as possible and allow this job-creating project to move forward in a timely manner,” said Dr. Benishek, a surgeon from Iron River. 

County Road 595 in Marquette County is a proposed new 21.4 mile primary road, running north-south between U.S. 41 and County Road Triple A.  The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has requested the EPA remove their objections. The road project has been extensively analyzed by the DEQ, the EPA, and the Marquette County Road Commission and the proposed route has been modified to avoid local wetlands and significantly reduce any environmental impacts.  Dr. Benishek was joined by U.S. Representatives Bill Huizenga (MI-02), Dave Camp (MI-04), Fred Upton (MI-06), Tim Walberg (MI-07), Mike Rogers, (MI-08), and Candice Miller (MI-10) in writing to the EPA to request they lift their objections to the road project and allow the county to move forward with construction. 

“We can’t let good paying jobs be blocked by federal red tape and bureaucratic roadblocks.  Our citizens are struggling and they need jobs now.  I’m pleased to be taking a lead in this effort sand I thank my colleagues in the House for their leadership on this critical issue,” added Dr. Benishek, who has been arguing in support of the road project since coming to Congress in 2011.

The letter sent to the EPA reads in part:  “As elected representatives of the State of Michigan, we are fervently committed to preserving our state's pure air and clean water. Notwithstanding our commitment to a pure Michigan, we believe this is one instance where legitimate environmental concerns can be fully addressed even as we take steps to bring new jobs to our state.  We stress that all relevant stakeholders in Michigan have articulated their support for this project and have requested that it move forward.  The USEPA alone is blocking the commencement of this important project.”

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