Paula Maccabee files suit for WaterLegacy to Prevent Mining Pollution

Last Monday, WaterLegacy, represented by Paula Maccabee, filed suit in federal district court asking that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency decision to allow the Mesabi Nugget iron plant a “variance” from complying with water quality standards be overturned.

Similar lawsuits were filed by the Fond du Lac and Grand Portage Bands of the Lake Superior Chippewa.

The EPA variance would allow Mesabi Nugget to violate water quality standards for total dissolved salts, bicarbonates, hardness and ionic conductivity, although these pollutants can harm the aquatic food chain and natural stands of wild rice. Both Mesabi Nugget and the agencies agreed that water pollution treatment was feasible and commercially available to provide compliance with water quality standards.

In explaining the litigation to news reporters, Maccabee explained, “What we’re really saying is that Minnesota water quality standards apply to everyone including the mining industry, andthat the standards should be applied and enforced rather than making exceptions for the convenience of industry.”

Read more in the Star TribuneLawsuits challenge EPA over Mesabi Nugget plant, Steve Karnowksi, AP or on Minnesota Public Radio’s web site MPR- Lawsuits challenge EPA over MN iron plant.



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2 Responses to Paula Maccabee files suit for WaterLegacy to Prevent Mining Pollution

  1. Judy Stern says:

    Thank you for giving the citizens of Lake, Aitkin and St.Louis counties the information and leadership to help them understand their rights and for creating a legal challenge so that they can retain domain over their private property on the mineral rights issue. Also thank you for the educating of people about the crazy DNR acceptance of pollution at Mesabi Nugget. Keep up the fight regarding the even worse copper mine proposals.

  2. Elizabeth Sivertson says:

    Thank you Water Legacy and Paula Maccabee!
    Thank you, especially during this crunch time, for your hard work to protect the
    water in our region. Thank you for giving us factual
    information during the PolyMet SDEIS release and public comment period, so that
    we can respond more effectively.
    Liz Sivertson

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