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Stop Sweetheart Land Deal for PolyMet Mining


PolyMet Mining Company wants 6,650 acres of Superior National Forest land in northeastern Minnesota so it can build the state's first open-pit copper mine -- a move that would spell disaster for the area's wetlands and wildlife, from moose to wolves to Canada lynx.

Please -- join our fight to make sure this doesn't happen.

U.S. House Rep. Rick Nolan has introduced a bill that would force the approval of a land exchange based on an appraisal that values these public lands at just $550 per acre.  

The PolyMet mine would destroy 1,000 acres of high-quality wetlands and more than 1,700 acres of critical wildlife habitat in northern Minnesota's Superior National Forest. It would also pose the risk of long-term toxic water pollution in the Lake Superior watershed upstream from the St. Louis River, the Fond du Lac Reservation and the city of Duluth.

The Center and our allies have active litigation challenging the land exchange to ensure adequate protection for wolves and lynx and to protect the public's interest in these national forest lands. Rep. Nolan seeks an end run around this litigation to force approval of this controversial land exchange.

Using the form on this page, please tell Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, and Reps. Tim Walz, Betty McCollum and Keith Ellison, to do the right thing and oppose H.R. 3115.

Please take action by Sept. 1, 2017.

Photo of moose by Ryan Hagerty/USFWS.

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