The Four Lakes Task Force issued a News Flash about the judgement and the story has been covered by local and regional newspapers, as well as the Water Power Magazine.
Readers of this blog are likely most interested in the following quote from the FLTF News Flash, "It is unlikely this will result in any funds to support Four Lakes restoration coming from Lee Mueller (owner of Boyce Hydro) or any of the Boyce entities that went through bankruptcy in 2020.
We understand the frustration of many property owners in the Four Lakes Special Assessment District of having to address the damages of the prior owner. We remain committed to finding funds to lower the financial burden for restoration as much as possible."
“This nearly $120 million judgement is important, both as a measure of accountability to the community Mueller devastated and as a deterrent to other owners of critical infrastructure,” Attorney General Dana Nessel said. Nessel filed for the judgement on behalf of Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The judgment concludes Michigan’s civil enforcement action against Mueller and his companies.