DULUTH, MN — Environmental group Duluth for Clean Water has issued their statement following the DNR’s announcement on Thursday to issue several permits for PolyMet’s NorthMet mine near Hoyt Lakes.
The group issued the following statement on Thursday afternoon:
“PolyMet’s proposed sulfide mine would create permanent, toxic pollution in the headwaters of Lake Superior, putting our communities and lives in constant danger. The massive open-pit mine would destroy huge swaths of the Superior National Forest and significantly increase annual CO2 emissions in Minnesota at the worst possible time. We stand resolutely against this proposal. It’s bad for Minnesota and absolutely terrible for Duluth. We are disappointed that in this time of need our DNR and various DFL politicians have, like Trump, elevated the interests of the investor class over our communities. We are disappointed also in the DNR’s failure to order the pre-decisional contested case hearing which was clearly and rightly demanded by downstream citizens. This failure has weakened the process and will result in additional challenges. The permits issued today do not change our approach, which is to tell the truth and demand that regulators and politicians protect Minnesota. We will continue to fight this reckless proposal with our allies, including by supporting needed legal challenges. Minnesota cannot afford this mine.”