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Media Contact: Paula Maccabee, Advocacy Director and Counsel

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WaterLegacy in the News

Minnesota high court hears bid to throw out mine permits

Courthouse News Service | November 30, 2022

“If the MPCA had been forced to respond to the EPA’s comments… the petitioners may have prevailed, and we would have had a stronger permit that protects Minnesotans’’ health.”

-Paula Maccabee, Advocacy Director & Counsel for WaterLegacy

Groups ask Minnesota Supreme Court to send water permit for proposed PolyMet mine back to square one

Star Tribune | November 30, 2022

“Environmental advocates argued that the public process had been corrupted. Paula Maccabee, an attorney for the group WaterLegacy, said the MPCA ultimately didn’t consider concerns from the EPA about Great Lakes water quality and other issues that later came to light.
“The court should not adopt a rule of law that lets MPCA get away with this,” Maccabee told the justices.”

Mine opponents to ask Minnesota Supreme Court to void permit

AP News | November 29, 2022

“Paula Maccabee, an attorney for WaterLegacy, one of several groups that will be arguing against the permit Wednesday, said the case is an important test “of both whether the courts will help us defend clean water and human health, and whether the courts will help us defend regulatory integrity in Minnesota.””

OPINION: "There is no tooth fairy, and the PolyMet/Glencore mine will not save our climate"

MinnPost | September 19, 2022

“Climate sustainability is vital. But facts matter. Whatever policy choices may be most effective to prevent climate change, approving the PolyMet/Glencore sulfide mine is not one of them. There is no tooth fairy, and it’s time to pull the plug on PolyMet.”

Northern Minnesota researchers close in on sulfate pollution solution

MPR News | September 8, 2022

“That is the biggest concern we have, is that if people start saying, ‘Well, maybe at some point in the future, we’ll be able to remediate it,’ that might be an excuse for failing to use the technologies, whether it’s the liners or the nanofiltration that are necessary right now, to prevent more pollution.”
–Paula Maccabee, Advocacy Director & Counsel for WaterLegacy

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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