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WaterLegacy Files Suit in Federal Court to Block PolyMet Land Exchange
On Monday, January 30, WaterLegacy filed a crucial lawsuit in federal district court to block the PolyMet land exchange, which would provide PolyMet with 6,650 acres of Minnesota’s Superior National Forest for its proposed open-pit copper nickel mine. Our evidence shows that the Forest Service undervalued the federal lands and that the proposed exchange would provide a windfall to the PolyMet Mining Company and its foreign investors at the expense of our public lands and the citizens of Minnesota.
READ a summary of WaterLegacy’s claims in our press release.
State Consultants: More Data Needed On PolyMet Financial Risk
It’s your money. The Timberjay explains why "The state of Minnesota should require PolyMet Mining to provide an updated financial feasibility study and cash flow analysis prior to approval of the financial assurance provisions for the company’s proposed copper-nickel mine.”
A quick summary: Experts hired by the State at taxpayers’ expense have requested up-to-date information on PolyMet’s financial feasibility based on current metals prices to make sure PolyMet can cover mitigation, pollution treatment and reclamation costs. PolyMet says no information will be provided until a draft permit is issued (i.e. too late) and agency officials are non-committal. The DNR official quoted in the article is Barb Naramore (email@example.com).
Read more in The Timberjay.
WaterLegacy Criticizes Land Exchange Decision
WaterLegacy Advocacy Director, Paula Maccabee criticized the land exchange in The Timberjay as both environmentally harmful and a windfall to PolyMet at the expense of the public .
“The Forest Service has basically knuckled under to PolyMet’s threat of litigation, allowing them to proceed with a project that is not the biologically preferred alternative,"...Maccabee also took issue with the average value of the federal land in question, which the Forest Service appraised based on its value as timber land, or about $550 an acre. She said the undervaluing of federal lands slated for development is a national scandal, one that has drawn criticism from the General Accounting Office.
New Forest Service Decision Approving the PolyMet Land Exchange Already Under Legal Challenge.
The Center for Biological Diversity and Earthworks have given notice that they are filing a lawsuit to protect endangered wolves and lynx and to stop the PolyMet - U.S. Forest Service Land Exchange.
“A century of iron ore mining has already fragmented habitat for wolves and lynx in this region, so these imperiled species can’t tolerate a new wave of open-pit copper mining. The Forest Service is trying to wash its hands of this terrible project through a land exchange with PolyMet, but the impacts on wolves and lynx are just too severe to allow this to proceed.” - Marc Fink, Center for Biological Diversity Attorney
PolyMet Project Health Effects Haven't Been Adequately Addressed, Says Minnesota Physicians
MInnesota Doctors Detail Risks Associated with Sulfide Mining
Leading Duluth doctors who petitioned for Minnesota rules requiring health impact assessment of sulfide mining published an article in this month’s journal of the Minnesota Medical Association. It reads,
"Sulfide mining has significant potential for the release of toxic chemicals into the environment. These include a number of chemicals identified by the World Health Organization as being of major public health concern: arsenic, asbestos, cadmium, lead and mercury.”