Reader Opinion: Cart ahead of horse
Polymet's request to mine is of state concern as the DNR now reviews it. Senator Ruud and Representative Lueck are critical committee members on this matter, and it's U.S. Congressman Nolan's area. Citizens will have a comment period, so it is vi...
Polymet's request to mine is of state concern as the DNR now reviews it. Senator Ruud and Representative Lueck are critical committee members on this matter, and it's U.S. Congressman Nolan's area. Citizens will have a comment period, so it is vital we are reminded of sulfide mining and toxic waste when it is our turn for input. Also, our elected officials need input from their constituents. This is our duty as good citizens and stewards of our beloved state. Fact: St. Louis County has already two superfund federal sites for toxic cleanup. Fact: Sulfide mines account for over $1 billion in superfund cleanup. Fact: Wisconsin refuses sulfide mining since Flambeau Mine proved failure. Fact: Polymet offers 360 jobs for 20 years while toxic monitoring upon closure is estimated 200-500 years. Fact: The toxins need be financially assured indefinitely per Polymet and our DNR is seeking advice on this malady. Fact: Privately acquired land was used in a land exchange with Polymet as federal law prohibits surface mining in Superior National Forest. Fact: Governor Dayton and Nolan are now waffling on this whole ordeal. Fact: Senator Ruud has submitted bill SF 1028 and Representative Lueck a companion bill HF 1233 to fund unspecified STFL real estate development by newly positioned Director Linde and to sell STFL in BWCA back to the U.S. (92.82d) amid the waffling. Fact: Ruud and Lueck are tied to numerous bills and groups pertaining variously to legal, scientific, structural and councilatory support addressing Polymet's proposal with Minnesota funds. Warning: This toxic cart is way ahead of the horse with presumptuous plans and state funds shackled to it.