Sulfide Mining Threat to the BWCA

2000 0702 Friday Bay Sunset - 1How PolyMet is different:

  • PolyMet’s proposed mine deviates from historical Northern Minnesota mining by targeting metal sulfide compounds rather than iron oxide (taconite)
  • Metal sulfide compounds + air + water → sulfuric acid
  • Low grade ore → 41,000 tons of metal sulfide containing waste rock per day
  • Sulfuric acid will be generated for centuries
  • PolyMet has neither the reputation, financial resources, or responsibility as an LLC to care for the environment for centuries
  • Behind PolyMet is Glencore, which has an extremely poor history for fairness and honesty including labor, human rights, and environmental issues
  • PolyMet’s environmental impact statement skirts the issue of the BWCA by drawing watershed maps inaccurately and in outright contradiction to US government maps

What you can do:2000 0701 Lower Basswood Falls - 1

Request that the SDEIS be corrected and added to in order to address issues of mapping and lack of financial assurance.  Request a longer public review period for the environmental impacts of PolyMet’s proposed sulfide mine before 4:30 pm on March 13 by email to NorthMetSDEIS.dnr@state.mn.us

Meaningful public comments are those that address deficiencies in the environmental impact statement. Request additions and corrections to the environmental impact statement including accurate mapping and a section on financial assurance for environmental protection.