FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 3, 2016
Sierra Club responds to release of PolyMet Final Environmental Impact Statement Certification
Contact: Margaret Levin, State Director, Sierra Club North Star Chapter, 612-259-2446, firstname.lastname@example.org
Today the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced its determination of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the PolyMet sulfide ore mine as “adequate.”
In response, Sierra Club State Director Margaret Levin issued the following statement:
“This determination is disappointing, given the enormous risks of PolyMet’s deeply flawed sulfide mine proposal and the many questions left unanswered by the Final Environmental Impact Statement. The FEIS failed to fully evaluate pollution risks and health impacts and shows that the project would pose an unacceptable threat to Lake Superior – degradation of surface water, groundwater, and wetlands, and harm to endangered and threatened wildlife.
“PolyMet’s plan – to pollute water for centuries, destroy thousands of acres of wetlands, and put the health of people downstream at risk – is not the legacy we want to leave for our children and grandchildren. The evidence is clear that the risks to Lake Superior and the region far outweigh the potential benefits.”
The Sierra Club North Star Chapter is the leading grassroots voice to preserve and protect Minnesota’s environment.