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PolyMet Permits Open House and Info Session Scheduled for April 19

April 2016

Do you want answers to important questions about PolyMet’s proposed sulfide mine? The Minnesota DNR is holding a public information session in Aurora on Tuesday, April 19, to discuss the potential permitting path for PolyMet, and we need you there. No public testimony will be taken at this meeting, but there will be an open house and all of the public agencies that are considering permits for PolyMet will be there. This is a perfect time for you to ask them the questions they haven't answered.

 

Help us show that Minnesotans are deeply concerned about the hundreds of years of pollution that PolyMet would create. If you can make it to the open house, please contact info@waterlegacy.org for more information and to coordinate plans for next Tuesday.

 

For more details and to RSVP, visit the session's event page. 

May 1 - WaterLegacy Presents: Protect Lake Superior Waters and Communities from PolyMet

April 2016

 

Join us in Duluth on Sunday, May 1st at 6:30pm for a special presentation by WaterLegacy Advocacy Director and Counsel, Paula Maccabee: Protect Lake Superior Waters and Communities from PolyMet Sulfide Mine Pollution.

Paula will explain PolyMet’s threats to environmental justice, human health and a sustainable climate and the work being done right now by WaterLegacy in collaboration with tribes to prevent sulfide mining pollution and destruction in the Lake Superior Basin.

Click here for more information and to RSVP.

EPA Responds to WaterLegacy Petition, Investigating Minnesota's Failure to Control Mining Pollution

March 2016

"This is the first time ever for this kind of an investigation in Minnesota,” - Paula Maccabee, WaterLegacy

Responding to a Summer 2015 petition from WaterLegacy, The federal Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to investigate the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's failure to enforce the Clean Water Act and control mining pollution. The EPA has authority under federal regulations to remove a state’s authority to regulate water pollution if state actions fail to comply with and enforce the law.

Read more about the EPA’s plans to investigate Minnesota’s regulation of mining pollution in the Timberjay and Duluth News Tribune.

Real Analysis of PolyMet Sulfide Mine Project Starts March 4, 2016

March 2016

Just as predicted, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources found its own PolyMet final EIS “adequate.”

In a press conference after the announcement, Governor Mark Dayton explained that detailed scrutiny of PolyMet’s environmental impacts and the question of whether Minnesotans can be protected from financial risks of pollution liability would begin NOW as part of the state’s permitting decisions. The Governor underscored that his commissioners report to him and that he did not intend to evade responsibility for decisions on the PolyMet project.

Caucus for Clean Water on March 1, 2016

February 2016

WaterLegacy and other environmental and conservation groups have developed a Sulfide Mining Caucus Resolution to protect Voyageurs National Park, the Boundary Waters and the Lake Superior and Mississippi River Watersheds from pollution and destruction.

We encourage you to attend your party’s precinct caucus on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 and request passage of this Sulfide Mining Caucus Resolution. Please educate your neighbors at the caucus about the threat of sulfide mining and the need to adopt this resolution.

Get the Tools to Take Action Here.

 

EPA Responds to WaterLegacy Petition, will Investigate Minnesota's Failure to Control Mining Pollution

January 2016

Responding to a Summer 2015 petition from WaterLegacy, The federal Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to investigate the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's failure to enforce the Clean Water Act and control mining pollution.

“This is the first time ever for this kind of an investigation in Minnesota. This goes far beyond the routine oversight normally done by the EPA. The fact that the EPA has responded so promptly and so rigorously demonstrates that they are taking the state’s failure to regulate mining waste very seriously.” – Paula Maccabee, WaterLegacy Advocacy Director and Legal Counsel

Read more about the story in the Timberjay and Duluth News Tribune.

Take Governor Dayton’s Minnesota Water Quality Survey

January 2016

Governor Mark Dayton is asking for your opinion about water quality in Minnesota ahead of the Governor’s Water Summit. The Governor’s online survey lists a number of important issues, but says nothing at all about sulfide mining or the effects of mercury contamination of fish on children’s health. You can fix this. Fill out the online survey and add your other comments:

“Prevent sulfide mining pollution in Minnesota. Reject the PolyMet sulfide mine as too risky for Minnesota’s iconic waters. Stop mercury contamination of fish, and protect the health of infants and children.”

 

What’s Next for the PolyMet NorthMet Project?

January 2016

 

With the public comment period for PolyMet’s Final EIS over, many are wondering “what’s next?” WaterLegacy Advocacy Director and Legal Counsel, Paula Maccabee, talks what comes next and explains WaterLegacy’s conclusion that the PolyMet project could not receive federal permits in an interview with Zenith News.

“Paula Maccabee still holds out hope that the state and federal agencies whose permission is needed to open the door to copper–nickel mining in Minnesota will yet come to their senses—but just in case they don’t, she is prepared to sue.”

 

Read the full story, PolyMet’s Day in Court: Critics Prepare Legal Objections to Mining Permit.

WaterLegacy Opposes PolyMet NorthMet Sulfide Mine

January 2016

On December 14, 2015, WaterLegacy submitted comments opposing PolyMet’s application for a Section 404 wetlands destruction permit as a violation of the Clean Water Act and other federal laws. We also submitted comments detailing the inadequacies of the PolyMet Final Environmental Impact Statement under both federal and state law and submitted expert reports and exhibits supporting our arguments.

On January 4, 2016, WaterLegacy submitted another 130 pages of legal objections to the U.S. Forest Service objecting to the proposed exchange of Superior National Forest lands for the PolyMet sulfide mine project.

 

WaterLegacy Opposes MPCA Wild Rice Rule Proposal

December 2015

 

On December 18, 2015 WaterLegacy submitted detailed comments, expert opinions and exhibits opposing the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) proposal to eliminate the 10 milligram per liter limit on sulfate pollution that protects Minnesota wild rice and replace it with a lake-by-lake equation that would underpredict sulfide and violate the Clean Water Act. WaterLegacy’s comments also opposed the MPCA’s plan to require a certain threshold of stems be counted in order to consider a lake or stream a wild rice water.