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WaterLegacy in the News

PolyMet mine project goes 'boom'

Indian Country Today | April 29, 2021

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

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.”

Score one for wild rice

Indian Country Today | April 18, 2021

Since meeting with tribes, the EPA is now in the process of developing a list of Minnesota waters that it considers as having excessive levels of sulfate; Minnesota will then have to include these waterways in their list of impaired waters.

“It’s a big deal that the EPA is willing to exercise oversight in Minnesota. The EPA is saying they are back on the job,” said Paula Maccabee, director and counsel for WaterLegacy, a nonprofit environmental rights organization.

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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