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Media Contact: Paula Maccabee, Advocacy Director and Counsel

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WaterLegacy in the News

Local View: Proposed Tamarack mine poses familiar environmental risks

Duluth News Tribune | December 6, 2021

“Talon is proposing to mine a ‘massive sulphide mineralization’ at the headwaters of the Big Sandy Lake watershed, an hour southwest of Duluth. This watershed enjoys clean water and fresh air, abundant wild rice protected by treaty-reserved rights, treasured lake retreats, forests, and wildlife. It is a hunter’s and angler’s paradise.”

Tribes’, Activists’ Fight Against Proposed Minnesota Copper Mine Bolstered by Legal Victories

Earth Island Journal | October 11, 2021

“This continued mining extraction industry always leaves people hurting. Historically it’s been indigenous communities. Our concern is the potential for danger to the next generations. We’re looking out for not only our children, but the children of all peoples.” – Ricky Defoe, Chippewa Elder and WaterLegacy Board Member

EPA recognizes PolyMet mine could pollute tribal waters

Quetico Superior 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.”

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.”

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.”

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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