Northern Minnesota could face a very real threat from PolyMet mining, which would like to dig three big holes in the ground to extract copper and nickel.
PolyMet's willing to do so at all costs: Nearly 1,000 acres of high-quality wetlands could be destroyed in this region -- an area that has already lost many thousands of acres of wetlands to iron ore and taconite mining.
The proposed PolyMet mine would pollute lakes and streams. In order to meet water-quality standards for sulfates, mercury and other pollutants that will be released in the mining process, the company will need to mechanically treat wastewater for at least 500 years. And yet the company and regulatory agencies have disclosed no plan for how PolyMet will be required to pay for hundreds of years of water treatment. Maybe they expect Minnesota's taxpayers to foot the bill?
The region of the proposed mine is home to endangered lynx as well as moose, which have dramatically declining populations.
Please act now -- urge the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to reject PolyMet's mine proposal.
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