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WaterLegacy in the News

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.”

EPA identifies 30 Minnesota wild rice waters exceeding sulfate standards

Duluth News Tribune | April 29, 2021

Paula Maccabee, advocacy director and counsel for WaterLegacy, said the EPA identifying impaired wild rice waters was “a big deal,” noting the state had never put one together. “This is what happens when the EPA does its job,” Maccabee said.

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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