More than 2,000 people from across the state packed the RiverCentre for the third and final public hearing on the PolyMet Mining Corporation’s proposal for a $650 million open pit mine near Babbitt, Minn.
Minnesota Environmentalists gathered in Canal Park to call for an end to sulfide mining projects on the Iron Range. Environment Minnesota collected thousands of signatures in opposition of Polymet's proposed open pit mine.
At stake: the safety of the state’s drinking water and the health of fish and other aquatic life in its rivers and streams. And far downstream, the future of the Gulf of Mexico, where the oxygen-deprived “dead zone” is linked to nitrogen compounds carried to it from the agricultural heartland via the Mississippi River.