Save the Wild UP announced last week that the state of Michigan is extending its deadline for making a decision on whether or not to allow Kennecott Minerals to engage in environmentally destructive sulfide mining in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has extended its deadline for making a decision on Kennecott’s application for a mining permit until January 9, 2007. As part of this process, the DEQ is accepting public comment on Kennecott’s response to 91 “deficiencies” in the corporation’s original mining application. Comments are being accepted until December 26, 2006 and after the DEQ announces its preliminary decision in January, it will announce a series of public hearings to take place regarding the mining application. According to Save the Wild UP, the hearings will likely take place in February and the DEQ is expected to consolidate hearings on a variety of issues pertaining to the mine including groundwater discharge and air quality into the same hearing.