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Media Contact: Paula Maccabee, Advocacy Director and Counsel

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WaterLegacy in the News

Court of Appeals says regulators were right to deny US Steel’s challenge of permit

Duluth News Tribune | June 28, 2021

“(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

EPA recognizes PolyMet mine could pollute tribal waters

Quetico Superior Wilderness News | June 8, 2021

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has determined that pollution from the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine “may affect” downstream lakes and rivers under the jurisdiction of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.”

PolyMet mine project goes "boom"

Indian Country Today | April 29, 2021

“The decision is considered a resounding victory for downstream communities that would bear the brunt of pollution and other risks from the proposed mining project in St. Louis County, including the Fond du Lac Band, according to a statement released by the tribe, WaterLegacy, Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness and the Center for Biological Diversity.”

Supreme Court affirms block of key PolyMet mine permit

Associated Press | April 28, 2021

“In layman’s terms, the PolyMet permit to mine just went boom. It was overturned and it starts over. What that means is the DNR is going to start from scratch,” said Paula Maccabee, an attorney for WaterLegacy, one of the groups fighting the project.

EPA inspector finds failure to follow to policy in PolyMet case

The Timberjay | April 21, 2021

“This isn’t earth-shaking, but it’s an important step toward accountability,” said Paula Maccabee, head legal counsel for Water Legacy. “The OIG agreed with all of the facts that Water Legacy and the Fond Lac laid out, including the failure to comment, and the failure to give notice to the Fond du Lac Band.”

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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