US EPA rates PolyMet Project & DEIS
"Environmentally Unsatisfactory" & "Inadequate"
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gave its assessment of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) published for the first proposed sulfide mine in MN: the PolyMet NorthMet copper mine.
"Based on our review of the DEIS, EPA has rated the DEIS as Environmentally Unsatisfactory - Inadequate, or EU-3. Environmentally Unsatisfactory (EU) indicates that our review has identified adverse environmental impacts that are of sufficient magnitude that the EPA believes the proposed action must not proceed as proposed." READ more EPA Findings ...
The PolyMet DEIS flunked both tests used by the EPA. By giving the PolyMet NorthMet DEIS its lowest possible ratings, the EPA has confirmed our concerns that the PolyMet open-pit sulfide mine will result in unacceptable harm and that the DEIS underestimates project impacts. Read WaterLegacy's press release.
* Also, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says "The anticipated environmental impacts of the proposed action are not fully and fairly addressed in the DEIS."
News Articles about the EPA's Findings
Before mining in northeastern Minnesota, dig up some answers by Elanne Palcich, MPR Commentary, March 24, 2010. Read the unedited counterpoint to previous week's commentary, The world needs the metals of northeastern Minnesota by Jim Miller March 16, 2010
EPA's very negative environmental rating for PolyMet sulfide mining: An exclusive interview with Regional National Environmental Policy Act Coordinator. Ken Westlake, the person responsible for the EPA letter by Craig Stillmacher, the Update March 18, 2010
- House committee debates mine financial protections by Andrew Tellijohn, Bemidji Pioneer
- In Minnesota, the Price of Metals is Damage to our Water by C.A. Arneson, MinnPost March 4, 2010
- Nancy Schuldt and Paula Maccabee: PolyMet mine can't proceed as proposed. Opinion page, Star Tribune 2/25/10
- EPA slams PolyMet’s copper mine plans: Duluth News Tribune, February 24 2010
- EPA says PolyMet mine report is 'inadequate' by Stephanie Hemphill, Minnesota Public Radio, February 22, 2010