In Minnesota's Arrowhead Region, between Lake Superior and the Boundary Waters, a multinational corporation called PolyMet is seeking a permit for an open pit sulfide mine, a toxic type of mining never before done in our state. Sulfide mining releases toxic metals and can create Acid Mine Drainage (AMD), polluting our rivers and groundwater for hundreds of years -- long after the profits are spent and the products buried in landfills. PolyMet's own study says that the water from the mine site would need at least 500 years of treatment.Public comments are now being accepted on the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS), which fails to adequately address the impact of the proposed mine. The deciding governmental agencies need to hear from Minnesota citizens about your concerns regarding the PolyMet project. Many other permit requests are poised to move forward, and a decision on PolyMet will open a floodgate for more sulfide mining in a large area across northeastern Minnesota, including Superior National Forest and surrounding the BWCAW. Our neighbor, Wisconsin, has banned this type of mining until it can be proven safe.
The public has initially been given 90 days to review the massive document and submit comments to the agencies. The Sierra Club is supporting a full 180 day public comment period. Make your voice heard! Submit your comment today -- and thank you for helping to protect our waters, lands and wildlife for future generations.
Comment on PolyMet NorthMet Supplemental Draft EIS
Dear [Decision Maker],
Please accept these comments on the PolyMet Mining Corp. NorthMet mining project Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]