Water is our most strategic national resource and must be protected. That is why I am against proposed copper nickel sulfide mining near the BWCA and within the Lake Superior watershed. PolyMet’s proposal to mine in a water rich environment is not worth the risk.
Taconite mining built many of our communities in northern Minnesota; now sulfide mining threatens that legacy. All existing sulfide mines pollute surrounding waters, and PolyMet's proposed open-pit sulfide mine would be no different. It is all but guaranteed to permanently pollute water with carcinogens and neurotoxins, destroy thousands of acres of high biodiversity sites and wetlands in Superior National Forest, and place downstream communities at unacceptable risk from catastrophic tailings dam failure.
The foreign corporations behind the push for copper-sulfide mining are notorious for environmental and human rights violations worldwide. They continue to increase automation of their processes, and would not provide good jobs for our region.
Some would argue there are plenty of rules and regulations in place to insure copper nickel sulfide mining can be done safely in Minnesota. The best regulations in the world are only as good as those who have the power to enforce them. In the current political climate we have seen efforts to chip away at regulations designed to protect us. We have seen efforts to weaken the power of the EPA and other agencies.
The risks to the health, environment, and economy of Minnesota's iconic arrowhead region are simply too great to allow this new-to-Minnesota type of mining. We need to come together as Minnesotans to create jobs that will clean up toxic messes already made and recover metals already mined. In a world where there are multiple warnings of an impending fresh water shortage, our future is our fresh water.
If elected to serve as your Congresswoman, I will always stand with the people and make sure the people’s interests come first - and that includes clean water - our most precious resource.