The Polymet copper, nickel and sulphide mine has gotten a permit to operate in Northeasten Minnesota from the Department of Natural Resources. There are no examples of copper sulphide mines that have not resulted in hazardous pollution.  In addition to the many dangers the copper sulphide mine poses to the 2 watersheds and habitat of northeastern Minnesota there is another big concern. The agreement reached between Polymet and the DNR leaves taxpayers on the hook for a billion dollars clean-up if there is a default or a failed mine project before the end of the proposed 20 years. The current financial assurance package is structured to benefit Polymet/Investors.  In order to protect the state and taxpayers, the governor and new DNR commissioner need to propose a restructure of our Financial Assurance policies. As taxpayers we need to be heard.

Kristin Tuenge

Scandia

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