The petitions ask for an approach, dubbed "prove it first," that is modeled after Wisconsin's sulfide mining law. The law demands that a permittee show evidence that a similar mine has operated and closed elsewhere without creating ongoing pollution. No such mine exists. Permitting a mine like PolyMet based on assurances like "we have new technology" would turn Minnesota's lakes and waters into a guinea pig. Many people depend on the quality of the environment, not just for recreation, but for their livelihood as well.
“This is how we make a living up there. And to compromise 30,000 jobs for a few hundred for 20 years and leave a legacy of pollution behind, that sounds like a bad trade to me,” said Moe.Join Moe and his team on the State Capitol steps from 10:30 - 11:30 AM today.
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