Fwd: 500 years of treating polluted water for 20 years of mining?
From: Scott Jackson (sjackzen46gmail.com)
Date: Mon, 9 Dec 2013 10:04:35 -0800 (PST)
Yo Climate Change Agents!

Here's a message about PolyMet Mining that was emailed to me today. There
will be three public informational meetings on Polymet in Minnesota in
January, including one at Saint Paul RiverCentre, 175 W Kellogg Blvd, on
Tuesday, January 28. It will begin with an open house at 5:00 pm, followed
by a formal presentation and public comment period at 6:45-10:00. I plan to
attend. It would be great if there were a few more warm and vocal bodies
from our group (and even better if someone could provide me with a ride).

As I said at the Be the Spark session yesterday, adapting a couple of
Buddhist sayings, practice climate disruption activism for ten years, then
practice for ten more years, then practice for ten more years - and
practice climate disruption activism as if your hair were on fire. The
struggle continues.

Scott Jackson
sjackzen46 [at] gmail.com

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From: Mining Truth <Reply [at] conservationminnesota.org>
Date: Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 11:40 AM
Subject: 500 years of treating polluted water for 20 years of mining?
To: sjackzen46 [at] gmail.com

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Dear Scott,
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500 years of polluted water in exchange for 20 years of mining?

That’s what PolyMet is proposing, and it’s now up to us to decide if this
is a bad deal for Minnesota.

You asked Governor Dayton to use four common sense questions to evaluate
sulfide mining proposals. PolyMet and the sulfide mining industry said that
these were fair questions, and they could meet every one.

But on Friday, PolyMet’s draft mine plan was published and it fails to
answer yes to a single one of these questions.

If you think that PolyMet’s proposed mine shouldn’t go forward until they
can prove the answer is yes to each of these questions, now is the time to
tell the 

*Will Minnesota’s water stay safe and clean?*

*No* - PolyMet would create polluted water requiring expensive treatment
for 500 years after they stop mining, and millions of gallons of untreated,
polluted water would seep from the site every year into groundwater and
nearby rivers.

*Are there strong safeguards in place for when things go wrong?*

*No* - PolyMet’s plan fails to plan for contingencies like pipeline
breakages and extreme weather events.

*Will the company leave the site clean and maintenance free?*

*No* - PolyMet would leave behind a polluted site requiring hundreds of
years of monitoring, treatment of polluted water, and site maintenance.

*Will Minnesota taxpayers be protected?*

*No* - PolyMet’s mine plan doesn’t release details about how much of a
damage deposit would be needed to protect taxpayers from the cost of 500
years of cleanup and maintenance.

The DNR is now accepting public feedback on PolyMet’s draft mine plan. This
is your chance to decide and let them know if you think that 500 years of
expensive treatment of polluted water is a bad deal for Minnesota.


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