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WaterLegacy is an award-winning nonprofit founded to protect Minnesota’s clean waters and the communities that rely on them, particularly from the threat of sulfide mining pollution in the Lake Superior and Boundary Waters watersheds.

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Minnesota Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Minntac Appeal

We and the Band won an important part of our case when the Court of Appeals reversed the Minntac tailings basin permit to require control of surface seepage to protect wild rice. But the Court of Appeals’ Minntac decision also rejected control of Minntac pollution either to groundwater or through groundwater. The Supreme Court appeal won’t touch our win, but will give us a chance to argue for control of Minntac pollution to and through groundwater.

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WaterLegacy in the News

Minnesota Court Rejects 2 Major Permits for PolyMet MineThe New York Times, January 13, 2020

Paula Maccabee, an attorney for WaterLegacy, one of the groups that challenged the permits, called the decision “an absolutely enormous victory.” She said in an interview that the hearing will mean a trial-like proceeding “in an open and transparent process for everyone to see. That mean’s PolyMet’s toxic environmental threats will finally get the scrutiny they deserve.”

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