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Elanne Palcich

Chisholm, MN
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Posted on 09/02/14 at 07:25 pm in response to 100 years later, have we learned from the passenger pigeon's extinction?

What's really sad is that Dayton could step in and demand the window fix. After all, he was the one instigating all the state subsidies.
Makes it hard for environmentalists to vote at all.

Posted on 09/04/14 at 12:25 pm in response to 100 years later, have we learned from the passenger pigeon's extinction?

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Posted on 08/28/14 at 01:40 pm in response to B.C. mine update: Independent inquiry begins, as Alaskans raise concerns

I find it unbelievable that anyone can pretend that a breach of this scope is not disastrous to the environment.

Antofagasta pulled out because an underground mine as proposed by TMM is too costly.
The part of the deposit that is the highest grade is the Maturi Deposit on Spruce Road. This would be an open pit mine.
Which leads to PolyMet. If PolyMet gets permitted, its 2/3 excess crushing capacity can be used by other companies.
It would also be easy for other companies to hop onto an already permitted tailings basin. Even if that tailings basin (the one used by the bankrupt LTV...

In its comments on PolyMet's draft Environmental Impact Statement, the EPA expressed concern about the former (bankrupt) LTV tailings basin purchased by PolyMet for its projected use. According to the EPA, the tailings basin lacked stability, especially considering the large amount of tailings to be placed on top by PolyMet.
This issue was supposedly further addressed in the supplemental draft EIS. The tailings basin will need to be buttressed as part of the mine plan.

I find the title of this article misleading, since two of the four lakes had increased problems with mercury.

The taconite plants of northeast Minnesota emit mercury into the air, and their tailings basins leach sulfates into the watershed. The methylmercury issue is complex, and methylmercury in our waters is harmful to fish, birds and wildlife that eat fish, and humans.

While it's good to acknowledge efforts being made to reduce mercury emissions and acid rain pollution...

Posted on 05/21/14 at 09:14 pm in response to Minnesota needs solid research on mercury contamination and its sources

This article, including the links, is an excellent source of information, and provides a good basis for anyone seeking to understand this issue.

Tom, the only way to get out the metals (copper, nickel, gold, etc.) is to mine the sulfide ores.

Actually, I thought you were talking about copper-nickel sulfide mining, which is not an iron formation.

But if you are talking about the Iron Range, whatever the test results show regarding sulfates, sulfides, and iron and how the above impact the growth of wild rice--the evidence is that wild rice stands have been stunted or destroyed in watersheds that receive leaching from Minntac's tailings basin, and also downstream of the former LTV tailings basin.

It is also fact that...

Posted on 04/19/14 at 01:54 pm in response to How the DNR is handling its deluge of 52,000 public comments on PolyMet

I most certainly hope that Com Landwehr actually reads the comments presented by groups such as the MCEA, the Nature Conservancy, etc. rather than just sorting them.
It appears to me that DNR statements that sulfide mining can be done safely are politically motivated. Gov. Dayton, in his last MPR address, acknowledged that he appoints the commissioners and therefore has responsibility in how decisions are made. I believe that it is the responsibility of the DNR commissioner to be...