Action Ended On
What was at Stake
When the U.S. Army Corps authorized the largest wetlands destruction project in Minnesota’s history, it was done without an adequate environmental review. It did not properly take into account that the PolyMet open-pit copper mine would bulldoze close to 1,000 acres of wetlands and would damage or destroy at least 6,500 additional acres of biologically diverse wetlands that provide critical wildlife habitat in northern Minnesota's Superior National Forest. It also did not take into account that the mine would contaminate the waters upstream of the Fond du Lac Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe with toxic mercury. The Fond du Lac Band exercised its rights under the Clean Water Act to object to the U.S. Army Corps’ wetlands destruction permit for the PolyMet mine and now a public hearing is underway. It is vital that all communities support the Band’s rights and everyone’s access to clean water.