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."

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