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Copper-nickel mines won’t be regulated, either

Posted 4/19/17

Citizens and organizations who desire copper-nickel mining in northeastern Minnesota should be in the vanguard of those who demand that U.S. Steel obey the law regarding its toxic discharges from the …

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Copper-nickel mines won’t be regulated, either

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Citizens and organizations who desire copper-nickel mining in northeastern Minnesota should be in the vanguard of those who demand that U.S. Steel obey the law regarding its toxic discharges from the Minntac tailings basin. U.S. Steel, with the crucial aid of Iron Range legislators, has been brazenly flouting water quality regulations for over twenty years. This highlights two important facts that bear on the proposals of PolyMet and Twin Metals: first, the state of Minnesota is incapable of enforcing basic water protection regulations, and second, the owners of mining companies have no vested interest in doing the right thing on their own. If we can’t hold U.S. Steel to account, why would it be any different with the copper-nickel bosses? Short answer: it won’t.

Peter M. Leschak

Side Lake, Minn.

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I support mining

The concentrations of sulfide that the MPCA was demanding that Mintac meet are unproven, bad, old science. To meet their ridiculous demands would cost the mine many millions of dollars. The financial impact of wild rice vs mining, is not even worth a discussion. We are already fighting unfair trade from other countries, one would think even the progressives could understand that. Why the left wing refuses to accept the importance of natural resources mined in the U.S. as opposed to countries with little to no environmental protection leaves me bewildered. The DFL has no credibility with me, since they no longer give a hoot about farmers or labor.

Thursday, April 20, 2017
snowshoe2

Complete sections of Minnesota EPA are losing 100% of their funding due to Trumps recent action at defunding EPA and other pollution regulators.

Its moving toward a anything goes policy with no checks and balance. Like mountain top removal for coal with no rehabilitation. Could it go that far,yes it could.

Friday, May 5, 2017