PolyMet Needs Our Support
The process of opening a nonferrous mining project is incredibly thorough, and rightfully so. These types of large industrial projects must be held to an extremely high environmental standard. Anything less is too much of a risk to the land around us.
PolyMet has proven it is capable of running such an operation. After 10+ years of environmental review, research and testing, the company earned the permits it needed to open the mine. Unfortunately, project opponents have pulled out all the stops to challenge the permits as well as the science and awarding agencies.
PolyMet and the agencies have prevailed in every instance. The courts have ruled on the project’s side time and time again. Now, PolyMet’s wetlands permit has been called into question, and the company needs our voices of support.
Will you speak in favor of the project at the upcoming public meeting?
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Reminder: What’s the Situation?
The Fond du Lac Band filed lawsuits against PolyMet in 2021, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has agreed to reconsider whether the NorthMet project may affect the Band’s water quality.
We know this because the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) addressed similar questions in 2018. The MPCA reviewed PolyMet’s plans and concluded that PolyMet’s proposed plan will not violate applicable water standards.
Additionally, the project is located 116 river miles upstream from the reservation land.
The science shows that the NorthMet project will not only meet water quality standards, but will also have a net benefit on the St. Louis River’s water quality. PolyMet will use advanced collection, containment, and treatment processes to clean up water left from legacy iron-ore mining, reducing the amount of mercury that is going into the river. Treating the seepage will reduce both mercury and sulfate loading to the St. Louis River watershed. Sulfate loading will be reduced by 1,400 metric tons per year.
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