October 25, 2023
Proposed sulfide mining in north central Minnesota puts too much at risk - Minnesota Reformer
Do not buy false climate solutions that pit clean energy against clean water, Native against non-native, and rural against urban interests. Your drinking water — and our beloved northland — depend on it.

October 11, 2023
Twin Metals makes moves at Birch Lake - The Timberjay
REGIONAL— With its federal mineral leases canceled and a 20-year moratorium on new mineral leasing now in place over a large portion of the Superior National Forest, Twin Metals is looking to …

September 12, 2023
Defense Department awards $20.6 million to support nickel prospecting in Minnesota and Michigan
The Department of Defense has awarded $20.6 million to developers of the proposed Talon nickel mine in Minnesota under a program to strengthen domestic supply chains for critical minerals.

September 6, 2023
Judge throws out Twin Metals leases lawsuit
Late Wednesday a U.S. District Court Judge dismissed a lawsuit that Twin Metals filed last year to try revive its stalled attempt to develop a proposed copper-nickel mine on the doorstep of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

August 2, 2023
Minnesota Supreme Court deals another setback to proposed NorthMet mine
The Minnesota Supreme Court has dealt another blow to the proposed NorthMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, sending a key water quality permit back to state regulators for additional work.

August 2, 2023
MPCA was 'arbitrary and capricious' in granting PolyMet permit, Supreme Court rules - Minnesota Reformer
The Minnesota Supreme Court dealt a serious setback to the long-planned PolyMet project to mine copper from a Hoyt Lakes deposit near the old LTV Steel plant, which would be used to process the ore.  The ruling directs the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to reopen the permitting process and “remedy the procedural irregularities and resulting […]

June 21, 2023
DNR receives mining proposal from Talon Metals : Jun 21, 2023 | News release
Agency launches website with project information.

June 21, 2023
Proposed Minnesota nickel mine begins environmental review, would supply Tesla if approved
Talon Metals Corp. has filed papers with Minnesota regulators to launch the environmental review process for its proposed underground nickel mine that would supply nickel to Tesla for electric car batteries.

June 21, 2023
What to know about the Talon Metals plan to mine metals for EVs in Minnesota | MinnPost
Talon's plan is a milestone for the compan's Tamarack Nickel Project. It’s also a new chapter in a long and thorny debate between those who fear possible water pollution and those eyeing job creation.

June 16, 2023
U.S. Army Corps' PolyMet decision presents an opportunity on climate - Minnesota Reformer
For years, advocates for copper-nickel mining have simultaneously pushed for coal-fired electricity.

June 6, 2023
U.S. Army Corps revokes permit for NorthMet Mine, previously known as Polymet
This comes a few months after PolyMet and Teck American, Inc. partnered to become NewRange.

June 6, 2023
Army Corps revokes NorthMet wetlands permit - The Timberjay
REGIONAL— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has dealt a major blow to the prospects for the NorthMet copper-nickel venture proposed by NewRange Copper, formerly known as PolyMet Mining. On …

June 6, 2023
U.S. Army Corps revokes key NorthMet copper nickel mining permit
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has revoked a key permit for the proposed NorthMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, formerly known as the PolyMet project, dealing a serious blow to the controversial project.

April 2, 2023
Mining Impact | Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Tamarack Nickel Mine. Talon Metals has proposed a nickel mine less than two miles from Mille Lacs Band reservation and community land and sacred waters. Nickel mining has a history of causing significant environmental damage and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe has serious concerns about the impact of this proposed mine on our land, fish, water and people. This page includes information about the proposed project.

March 2, 2023
Protecting Minnesota from PolyMet’s dangerous mine and dam
Since 2018, MCEA has been in court challenging the DNR’s decision to issue Dam Safety Permits and a Permit to Mine to PolyMet Mining, because the permits violate Minnesota law and fail to protect downstream communities, and because the DNR has denied important processes to downstream communities.

January 1, 2023
St Louis River: A Superior waterway
St Louis River Superior Waterway The call of the wild may be no stronger anywhere in the lower 48 than the headwaters of the St. Louis River. Beginning in the Laurentian Uplands, where small streams divide in three directions toward Hudson Bay, Lake Superior, and the Mississippi River, it’s a land of timber wolves, moose, […]

April 7, 2021
Fond du Lac Band court victory helps all Minnesotans concerned with clean water
The PolyMet ruling forces EPA, MPCA to do their jobs The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa won a big court victory in February in its ongoing effort to stop multinational corporate giant Glencore from building the PolyMet copper mine upstream from its reservation. The Band has significant and legitimate concerns that the…

April 17, 2020
A Tale of Two Mine Plans
Expansion plans like these are nothing new to the industry. In fact, they are commonplace, and after-the-fact mine expansions are one of the root causes of mining disasters.

Threatened Waters

The Threats
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