Protect Minnesota’s life-giving waters

Protecting Minnesota’s waters and communities that rely on them, particularly from the proposed PolyMet/Glencore sulfide mine and attempted water quality standard rollbacks.

What’s at Stake?

Recent News & Actions

Tell Governor Walz: Move on from PolyMet

PolyMet’s four major permits (permit to mine, water pollution, air pollution, and wetlands destruction) have all been suspended, remanded, or reversed by the courts. PolyMet is a bad investment for Minnesota’s environment, taxpayers, and downstream communities. It’s time to tell Governor Walz to move on and set a better course for Minnesota. Add your voice to our growing movement.

Court of Appeals says regulators were right to deny US Steel’s challenge of permit | Duluth News Tribune

“(U.S. Steel has) evaded controls on both groundwater pollution and sulfate pollution. And finally, after a series of decisions at the Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court and now back at the Court of Appeals, U.S. Steel is going to be required to comply with Minnesota water quality standards for groundwater and surface water.” – Paula Maccabee, WaterLegacy Advocacy Director and Counsel

History Made, PolyMet Wetlands Destruction Permit Stalled

On Friday, June 4, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (the Band) made history. The EPA issued a determination under the Clean Water Act that PolyMet discharge “may affect” the Band’s reservation waters. As a result, the federal wetlands destruction permit issued to PolyMet by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) has been stalled. What does this mean for stopping the PolyMet copper-nickel mine project?

“I was 95% sure PolyMet would happen. Well, you and your partners have forced a recalculation of those odds. Of course, the battle is not over, but the recent legal victories are huge, and I couldn’t imagine them a decade ago. I’m delighted and heartened that our donations are so effectively deployed. Thank you!” – Peter Leschak

“WaterLegacy has been in this fight right from the beginning. It’s been strong, smart and has solidified the resistance to copper mining. That’s why I make a monthly contribution.” – Barton Sutter
“Volunteering with WaterLegacy has been a great opportunity to learn about the threat posed by sulfide mining, as well as better development alternatives for our water-rich state. And talking to the public about these issues feels a lot better than sitting at home wringing my hands!” – Hannah Baxter

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