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Media Contact: Paula Maccabee, Advocacy Director and Counsel

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WaterLegacy in the News

Should Birch Lake be listed as impaired?

The Timberjay | February 1, 2023

“Dr. Patrick Brezonik, a now-retired professor of civil, environmental, and geo-engineering from the University of Minnesota who chaired the MPCA’s wild rice standard advisory panel, examined test data gathered by Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness, and the Northern Lakes Scientific Advisory Panel over a period of about two years. . . Based on that data, Brezonik said he has concluded that at least portions of Birch Lake, particularly areas around Dunka and Bob Bay, “are impaired by sulfate concentrations that exceed the state of Minnesota’s water quality standard for wild rice waters.”

“Protecting Minnesota waters and wild rice is MPCA’s job,” said Paula Maccabee, chief legal counsel and advocacy director for Duluth-based Water Legacy.”

There’s a Massive, Hidden Lake of Mining Residue Above the North Shore. It Might Grow.

RacketMN | February 2, 2023

“I stand by what I said before. They’re letting the mining companies call the shots in secret, and not updating the science,” Maccabee said Wednesday. “I want to make it really clear, that what WaterLegacy is asking for is not just the EAW, which is like a checklist. We’re asking for a comprehensive environmental impact statement that will look at not only the day-to-day pollution, but what has to be done according to modern science to make sure that Milepost 7 doesn’t catastrophically fail, poison the Beaver River and its tributaries, Lake Superior, and Silver Bay.”

Native Roots Radio Interviews Paula Maccabee About PolyMet

Native Roots Radio | December 8, 2022

What happened this month in the Minnesota Supreme Court oral argument on the PolyMet water pollution permit? WaterLegacy Legal Counsel Paula Maccabee spoke to Native Roots Radio about the reasons why overturning the PolyMet permit is so important and the path forward to protect Minnesota waters.

WTIP Interviews Paula Maccabee: PolyMet Arguments and the MPCA-EPA Scandal

WTIP Community Radio | December 7, 2022

Want a breakdown of WaterLegacy and our allies’ arguments from the recent Minnesota Supreme Court hearing on the PolyMet water pollution permit? Listen to this WTIP interview with WaterLegacy Legal Counsel Paula Maccabee. She also recaps the history of the scandal that exposed the Minnesota Pollution control Agency’s efforts to suppress Environmental Protection Agency concerns about the project.

LA CROSSE TALK PM: Another Minnesota mining project that could pollute our water

WIZM News Talk | December 1, 2022

Get caught up the controversies surrounding sulfide mining and weak permitting in La Crosse Talk PM’s interview with WaterLegacy Advocacy Director & Counsel, Paula Maccabee.

About WaterLegacy

WaterLegacy is an award-winning 501(c)(3) non-profit grassroots organization founded in 2009 to protect Minnesota waters and the communities that rely on them, particularly from sulfide mining pollution. Most of WaterLegacy’s board members live and work in northern Minnesota.

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