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.

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Recent News & Actions

SIGN TODAY: Support the 20-Year Mineral Withdrawal in the Boundary Waters Watershed!

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has released its draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Boundary Waters watershed. The draft EA studied a 20-year ban on sulfide-ore copper mining, called a “mineral withdrawal,” on 225,504 acres of federal lands and minerals in the watershed of the Boundary Waters.

The USFS found that a 20-year mineral withdrawal would protect the Boundary Waters and its watershed from serious degradation that could result from proposed sulfide-ore copper mining. We have 30 days to comment in support for the findings of the EA. In order not to delay the approval process, we are asking that supporters of the USFS well-researched EA, sign the Comment Petition linked below.

BREAKING NEWS: EPA recommends Army Corps not reissue PolyMet water permit

“It is an important and inspiring thing when a tribe is exercising stewardship of clean water,” said Paula Maccabee, attorney and advocacy director for the environmental group WaterLegacy.

BREAKING NEWS: PolyMet Water Pollution Permit Reversed!

 “This is a huge victory. As of today, PolyMet’s water pollution permit has been thrown out by the Court. PolyMet no longer has a permit to mine, and they no longer have a water pollution permit. It is long past time for Minnesota to pull the plug on PolyMet and its parent mega-corporation Glencore.”

Paula Maccabee Speaks on Tamarack Mine Environmental Concerns | CNBC

“When the community has asked ‘where is your hydrology evidence of where the pollution would go from Talon – into the drinking water and into the surface water?’, they have received no information whatsoever.”

The segment on environmental concerns with WaterLegacy Advocacy Director and Counsel Paula Maccabee begins around the 8:30 mark.

“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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