Action Alerts

Keep the “Contested Case” for Mining Permits

What are the mining companies trying to cover up in Minnesota?

Mining lobbyists want to restrict your right to a "contested case" to challenge a mining permit. Bills at the Legislature would limit the rights of Minnesota citizens to an independent hearing in front of an administrative law judge to challenge facts like dam safety and financial protection of taxpayers from mining pollution costs.

Ask Governor Dayton to VETO any proposal to take away citizen rights to challenge mine permits in a "contested case."


Make the Boundary Waters Off-Limits to Sulfide Mining!

Your action is needed now to tell both the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Bureau of Land Management that you support making the Boundary Waters watershed off-limits for sulfide mining for at least 20 years. An environmental review is starting now that provides a chance to identify the factors that make copper-nickel mining extraordinarily risky in Northeastern Minnesota’s priceless waters.
First, send a comment to the USFS, then sign the petition to the BLM urging them to make the Boundary Waters watershed off-limits for sulfide mining for at least 20 years.

Help Change Rules to Require a Health Impact Assessment of Toxic Sulfide Mining Pollution

No Health Impact Assessment has been done for the PolyMet sulfide mine proposed for Minnesota, despite requests made by more than 30,000 Minnesota doctors, nurses and public health professionals who spend their lives caring for the health of our community
Now, you can help change Minnesota rules so that an independent analysis of human health risks is mandatory for any sulfide mine. The Minnesota Environmental Quality Board is considering whether to change the rules and require a Health Impact Assessment as part of environmental review of any sulfide mine. Tell the State that the rules must be changed to protect Minnesotans from toxic sulfide mine pollution.

Protect Minnesota’s Natural Wild Rice (Manoomin) from Sulfate Pollution

Wild rice is Minnesota’s state grain, a vital plant for fish, waterfowl and wildlife, and a critical food and cultural resource for many Minnesotans. Natural wild rice stands are vulnerable to sulfate pollution from mining and other industries, which is why, since 1973, Minnesota has had a rule that limits sulfate pollution to 10 parts per million (ppm or mg/L) in wild rice waters.

But, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) presented their plan to eliminate the sulfate standard to their advisory committee on October 25, 2016. Take Action now and tell the MPCA to preserve the sulfate limit and apply it year-round to all wild rice waters.

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Help WaterLegacy protect the Lake Superior watershed and the Boundary Waters from mining pollution. Join the effort to ensure clean, plentiful water for generations to come. 


Your financial support will allow WaterLegacy to prepare technical and legal analysis, organize citizens to participate in hearings, and, if necessary, litigate to prevent sulfide mining pollution that would destroy our water resources.



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