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 Tribune, Lawsuits 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.