DNR Issues Permits for Copper-Nickel Mine

Minnesota is facing the loss of a valuable environmental site with countless benefits and natural resource recreational opportunity for nearby residents in exchange for a short-term gain of “hundreds of jobs” (per MPR). There must be a better way to create jobs than to shoot ourselves in our own foot.

Full story: https://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/11/02/dnr-polymet-permits-bring-mn-closer-to-its-first-copper-nickel-mine

 

Effects of copper-nickel mining:

https://www.savetheboundarywaters.org/updates/science-desk-how-sulfide-ore-copper-mines-pollute

https://www.savetheboundarywaters.org/sites/default/files/public/attachments/the_science_updated.pdf

https://www.leg.state.mn.us/webcontent/lrl/guides/coppernickel/coppernickelcontroversy.pdf

The controversy: https://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/10/31/mining-environmental-concerns-put-boundary-waters-on-the-ballot-airwaves