Paula Maccabee, WaterLegacy Advocacy Director and Counsel expresses concern that the DNR has allowed PolyMet to put up much less financial assurance than required by law to protect taxpayers:
“It would be very troubling if the DNR was allowing PolyMet to circumvent the rules and low-ball financial assurance to make PolyMet’s economically marginal sulfide mining project appear financially feasible.”
“WaterLegacy attorney Paula Maccabee provided an update on the PolyMet mining project to a packed house at the Tuesday Group gathering at the Grand Ely Lodge this week. Maccabee has followed the project for years and has sought to ensure that the company and the agencies abide by state and federal laws designed to protect the environment.”
Read the summary of the October 2018 event from The Timberjay: WaterLegacy counsel updates group’s efforts to save area watersheds
The PolyMet Land Exchange Rider was KEPT OFF the National Defense Spending Bill (NDAA) conference report that will soon be voted on by Congress.
The PolyMet Rider would have denied Minnesota citizens due process to challenge the land swap as illegal under long-standing public lands and environmental laws. This is a victory for justice and common sense. But we must stay vigilant that a similar bad Rider is not tacked onto other spending bills.
Paula Maccabee, an attorney for WaterLegacy, says critical details have changed so much since what was supposed to be the final review that a supplemental environmental impact statement is needed, particularly if PolyMet wants to expand the mine.
WaterLegacy also cites Swiss commodities giant Glencore, the largest investor in PolyMet, which was recently ordered to give the U.S. Justice Department documents relating to compliance with corruption and money laundering rules stemming from activities in Africa and Venezuela.
“We are seeing, all across America, that Government is starting to work only for the very top-most powerful corporations and not for the rest of us. A Government that was working for the rest of us would be looking for sustainable economics in Northeastern Minnesota and looking at protecting Minnesota’s most precious resource, which is the quality of our fresh water.”
WaterLegacy Advocacy Director and Counsel, Paula Maccabee spoke to WDIO at last week’s PolyMet permit hearings in Duluth about the need for recycling over mining and the crucial moment we’re in for the future of Minnesota’s clean water.