January 2017

WaterLegacy Advocacy Director, Paula Maccabee criticized the land exchange in The Timberjay as both environmentally harmful and a windfall to PolyMet at the expense of the public .

“The Forest Service has basically knuckled under to PolyMet’s threat of litigation, allowing them to proceed with a project that is not the biologically preferred alternative,"...Maccabee also took issue with the average value of the federal land in question, which the Forest Service appraised based on its value as timber land, or about $550 an acre. She said the undervaluing of federal lands slated for development is a national scandal, one that has drawn criticism from the General Accounting Office. 

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