Re: Update on PolyMet - bill in Mn Legislature
From: Scott Jackson (
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:47:12 -0700 (PDT)
Thanks for the information, Marcy. I wonder why Rep. Phyllis Kahn decided
to co-author it. I thought she was smart enough to recognize a PR stunt.
(Perhaps because the Institute would be established at the University of
Minnesota Duluth.)

May I assume 43 million is a typo? The proposed appropriation is $3 million.

Scott Jackson
sjackzen46 [at]

On Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 8:27 AM, Marcy Leussler <mleussler [at]>wrote:

> Here is an update from Wendy Jerome on the PolyMet mining issue -- this
> was mentioned at our meeting last evening, but here is the information for
> those not there.  We are asking people to contact their legislators to vote
> no on these bills.
> I'm not finding any updates at the three websites I've cased - except for
> an article from Twin Cities Daily Planet which I trust. march 28, Elanne
> Palcich, Community Voices  describes legislation introduced in Mn House and
> Senate (HF2842/SF2632) to create a "Sustainable Mining Institute"
>  appropriating 43 million for 2015 and accepting funds from "outside
> sources" to study how to do mining in MN in sustainable ways.  The writer
> is pretty clear that this is a PR stunt and sneaky opportunity to spread
> misinformation, a ply by outside sulfide mining interests.
> Besides, what it's proposed to do, study environmental impact etc, is
> already covered by the existing natural Resource Research Institute and the
> Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board, as well as the Mn DNR Dept
> of Lands and Minerals.  the writer encourages contacting legislators not to
> support HF 2842 and SF2632.

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