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WaterLegacy in the News

Tailings dam design could change, NewRange tells tribal nations

Duluth News Tribune | April 19, 2024

“Paula Maccabee, advocacy director and counsel for WaterLegacy, also urged Wilson to deny the permit to mine application and dismiss the proceedings. In a statement Thursday, she said NewRange’s “application is not viable.”

“It is time for NewRange to go back to the drawing board,” Maccabee said.”

U.S. Steel won't get exception to pollution rules that protect wild rice, MPCA says

Star Tribune | April 19, 2024

“A U.S. Steel taconite mine in northeast Minnesota must reduce water pollution that threatens wild rice, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency decided, after considering the company’s request for an exemption.

U.S. Steel has since appealed the decision in court, and the decisions that stem from the case could have statewide relevance as Minnesota begins to enforce a pollution standard that’s been on the books since 1973.

“It’s a big test case,” Paula Maccabee, an attorney with the environmental nonprofit WaterLegacy, said of the appeal. The group seeks to intervene in the court case.”

MEDIA RELEASE: Minnesota Scientists Call For A Tamarack Region Sulfide Ore Study of Environmental Baseline Data & Mining Effects

WaterLegacy | April 18, 2024

Retired scientists who worked on the Minnesota Duluth Complex area Copper-Nickel Study in the 1970s have now called for a similar Tamarack Region Sulfide Ore Study of environmental baseline data and likely impacts from sulfide ore mining by Talon Metals and Rio Tinto in central Minnesota.

COMMENTARY: The whole truth about Talon Metals and Rio Tinto

MinnPost | April 16, 2024

Read this commentary telling the “Whole Truth” about Talon Metals and Rio Tinto, written by retired state scientist Bruce Johnson and WaterLegacy Advocacy Director Paula Maccabee:

“Before any mining company is allowed to cut into the earth in Minnesota’s Mississippi or St. Croix watersheds, Minnesota needs to obtain scientific data and cumulative analysis of potential harms of the entire Tamarack region operation. Then, armed with the whole truth on cumulative risks and benefits, Minnesotans can decide whether we want to go through with the major sulfide mining operation proposed by Talon Metals/Rio Tinto or whether to send them packing.”

The Crisis Files - Case File #88: Water Wars

The Crisis Files | March 25, 2024

“We have a really important choice to make. Do we take the short term profitable solution of mining, or do we look long ahead and realize that water is what sustains not only human life, but all of our ecosystems and in the future, our children?”
—Paula Maccabee, WaterLegacy Advocacy Director & Counsel

What’s at stake for water in Minnesota? Find out on this episode of The Crisis Files with Roshini Rajkumar.

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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