PolyMet’s mine plan has the potential to damage the developing brains of fetuses, infants and children as a result of exposure to drinking water polluted with lead and manganese and increased mercury contamination of fish. Other human health risks of the PolyMet sulfide mine include asbestos-like fibers and nickel dust causing cancer and lung disease in mine workers, and arsenic in Hoyt Lakes area drinking water increasing cancer risks.
More than 45 individual doctors and nurses, the Minnesota Nurses Association - the state's largest nurses' union - and Dr. Edward Ehlinger, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health, have raised concerns about the health impacts of the PolyMet project and have asked for an assessment of health impacts posed by the PolyMet project. Read more ...
Over 50,000 Comments on PolyMet Mine Plan (SDEIS) &
EPA Comments ConfirmTribal and Environmental Concerns
Thanks to your hard work, conservation and environmental groups across Minnesota exceeded our goal of 50,000 comments on Polymet's Mine Plan (SDEIS). WaterLegacy supporters alone submitted more than 5,000 comments.
Read WaterLegacy's official comments on the plan here.
In 2010, the US Environmental Agency (EPA) gave PolyMet's previous attempt (DEIS) a failing grade. Four years later on 3/13/14, the EPA rating for the SDEIS showed many areas where the analysis was still incomplete. These include failure to model elemental mercury or characterize risks from methylmercury, failure to support the claim that 90% of all seepage will be captured, failure to quantitatively assess indirect impacts on wetlands, failure to show the least environmentally damaging practical alternative, and failure to provide information on the length of treatment or financial assurance. Read EPA's letter here.
WaterLegacy, Fond du Lac and Grand Portage Bands,
Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
Succeed in Overturning Mesabi Nugget Variance
SAINT PAUL, MN, March 10, 2014 – WaterLegacy, along with the Fond du Lac and Grand Portage Bands of Lake Superior Chippewa and Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, have succeeded in resolving their landmark Clean Water Act lawsuit against the EPA in federal court, WaterLegacy et al. v. United States Environmental Protection Agency, et al.
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Cumulative Effects Assessment Needed to Protect Lake Superior Basin
With the onslaught of sulfide mining proposals in the Lake Superior Basin, 59 conservation, business, faith-based and tribal groups in Minnesota, Wisconsin & Michigan have asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to prepare a cumulative effects assessment of negative impacts of mining on clean air, fresh water, mercury contamination and public health across the Lake Superior Basin. Read more ...