Action Alert Archives

This page is an archive of past Action Alerts. Deadlines for individual Actions may have already passed. Please see the Take Action page for current Actions to take.

Oppose PolyMet Land Exchange Rip-off (HR 3115)!

October 2017


Stop the PolyMet land exchange rip-off!  HR 3115 would prevent courts from doing their job and deny due process to citizens who want to make sure that federal environmental laws are applied to avoid a PolyMet land exchange subsidy.

People who depend on public land for hunting, fishing and gathering of plants need you to take action today. This project does not deserve a public subsidy to avoid paying a fair price for land!

Stand Against Pollution of Wild Rice Waters at a Hearing Near You

October 2017


Starting October 23 through November 2, hearings will be held across Minnesota in St. Paul, Virginia, Bemidji, Cloquet and Brainerd on MPCA’s proposed wild rice rule change.

Please come to a hearing near you to speak up and support other citizens in defending wild rice, clean water and environmental justice in Minnesota.

Let us know you're planning to stand with us and make your voice heard against this proposal experts call "scientifically indefensible". WaterLegacy will reach out to everyone who signs up to come to a hearing to provide talking points and support. 

Prevent a PolyMet Sulfide Mine Waste Dam Catastrophe

October 2017

Do you remember Canada’s 2014 Mount Polley tailings dam disaster that spewed 6.3 billion gallons of polluted wastewater and slurry downstream? Catastrophic dam failure is the most dangerous risk of issuing permits for the PolyMet sulfide mine.

Tell the Minnesota DNR to reject draft Dam Permits for the PolyMet sulfide mine and to protect drinking water, rivers and communities in the Lake Superior watershed. You only have until October 16, 2017 to speak up and prevent a PolyMet mine waste disaster.

Tell the Minnesota DNR to Deny PolyMet Water Appropriation Permits!

August 2017

The Minnesota DNR has proposed six draft water appropriation permits for the PolyMet NorthMet sulfide mine, and we have until SEPTEMBER 12, 2017 to speak up. Tell the DNR to deny the PolyMet draft water appropriation permits! 

These draft permits would allow PolyMet to appropriate 6.175 billion gallons of water every year for its sulfide mine project. PolyMet hasn’t studied this huge level of water consumption or shown that streams, groundwater and wetlands wouldn’t be contaminated and desiccated. Stop this uncontrolled experiment with Lake Superior watersheds!

Oppose the Trump Administration threat to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule

August 2017
Tell the Trump Administration not to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule that protects Minnesota drinking water from pollution. 
The 2015 Clean Water Rule protects essential streams and wetlands that support fish, wildlife, and waterways that nearly 1 in every 5 Minnesotans and one third of all Americans rely on for drinking water.
Your comments are needed now (before August 28th) to protect Minnesotan clean water.

Protect Wild Rice – Don’t Let MPCA Get Rid of Minnesota’s Wild Rice Sulfate Pollution Limit!

August 2017

For years, lobbying by big corporate polluters and political pressure have interfered with enforcement of Minnesota’s rule that limits sulfate pollution to 10 parts per million (mg/L) in wild rice waters. 

Now, just as Minnesota’s first copper-nickel mine - the PolyMet sulfide mine project - is seeking a water pollution permit, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has proposed to eliminate Minnesota's wild rice sulfate limit and replace it with an equation that will not protect wild rice. 

Comment today and tell the MPCA to preserve Minnesota’s existing sulfate limit and enforce it year-round to protect all wild rice waters.

URGENT Stop the Forced PolyMet Land Exchange Rip-off!

July 2017


Congressman Rick Nolan introduced a bill (HR 3115) to force the PolyMet land exchange down our throats whether or not Superior National Forest public land was undervalued to provide PolyMet with a sweetheart deal.

Please ask Senator Amy Klobuchar and Senator Al Franken to oppose the bill (HR 3115) which would force the PolyMet land exchange and refrain from any action to initiate or support similar legislation in the Senate.


Time is Running Out to Hold Sulfide Mining Companies Financially Responsible for Toxic Pollution

June 2017
Across the country, taxpayers have paid hundreds of millions of dollars when sulfide mines go bankrupt to avoid pollution cleanup costs. 
U.S. EPA has drafted financial responsibility rules to require sulfide mining companies to provide up-front money to clean up polluted and abandoned mines. The mining industry and other polluters strongly oppose rules to hold them accountable for their toxic pollution.
COMMENT ON OR BEFORE JULY 10th to protect clean water, citizens, and taxpayers.

Keep the “Contested Case” for Mining Permits

May 2017

What are the mining companies trying to cover up in Minnesota?

Mining lobbyists want to restrict your right to a "contested case" to challenge a mining permit. Bills at the Legislature would limit the rights of Minnesota citizens to an independent hearing in front of an administrative law judge to challenge facts like dam safety and financial protection of taxpayers from mining pollution costs.

Ask Governor Dayton to VETO any proposal to take away citizen rights to challenge mine permits in a "contested case."


Tell the MPCA to Protect the Environment

April 2017


Would you like to give the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) a piece of your mind?

The MPCA is asking citizens and stakeholders – you – to help shape the environmental protection strategy.

This is your chance to tell the MPCA, in your own words, that their job is to protect the environment, not to provide greater convenience to polluters. It takes about two minutes.