by Duluth News Tribune
December 17, 2010 at 6:00 pm in Duluth News Tribune
The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce filed suit Friday against the state claiming wild rice pollution protection standards are overly restrictive and based on poor science. Continue Reading
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The Tower- Soudan Mine has been pumping out their wastewater into the swamps south of the mine for years to keep the mine dry- they have kept up with installing new equipment to go by the rules whenever they have increasesd- why can’t the mining companies do the same?
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Who oversees the PCA?
So it seems that some companies want to pollute the waters more because it will save them money in the short run. The lawyers are looking for a technicality to allow for more pollution from mine runoff.
The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce? That’s just a front for the Republican party, nationwide. It has nothing really to do with commerce in Minnesota.
The Sierra Club? That’s just a front for the Democratic party, nationwide.
It is interesting that Polymet, a Canadian mining conglomerate, has enlisted both the IRRB and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce into getting them leverage to open this new had rock mine and processing facility.
The get $4 million out of the IRRB, an arm of our government, on Thursday. On Friday they get lawyers from our Minnesota Chamber of Commerce to fight their court battle. This tells me that this corporation doesn’t have much in the area of operating funds. It also tells me that they have some pretty powerful political friends. Finally, it tells me that their business plan for resource development does not have a plan for adequately managing the pollutants that they will have to spew into our environment. Instead, they want to change the rules so that they can pollute in a business friendly, inexpensive manner.
Let them go to Canada with their plan. Let them mine Canadian ore and ruin Canadian landscapes. They want to operate on the cheap, exploit our resources, and leave us with the mess to live with and clean up.
That is not good resource or fiscal management. We don’t need this company doing business in our state.
How long has the Chamber of Commerce been essentially a wing of the business Republicans?
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