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State environmental chief touring Upper Peninsula

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is opening a new Upper Peninsula district office in Marquette.

DEQ Director Dan Wyant will attend a ceremony Friday at the office with the city's mayor. It's part of Wyant's three-day tour of the U.P. starting Wednesday.

He's scheduled to take a boat tour to see methods to control the growth of aquatic invasive species. He'll visit a once-polluted iron facility that's being turned into the home of the first National Hockey League-size synthetic ice sheet created in the U.S.

Wyant will tour the Louisiana-Pacific Mill. The company produces about 75 percent of its energy needs by using bark and wood fines from its wood.

Wyant also will see a brownfield redevelopment along Lake Superior where the state helped clean up fuel storage tanks.

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