Suit Planned Over Tailings Basin

Three environmental advocacy groups are planning a lawsuit over pollution violations from the tailings basins of the former LTV Steel plant near Hoyt Lakes which PolyMet Mining intends to use for its planned copper-nickel mining operation.

The Duluth News-Tribune reports, HERE, that the Center for Biological Diversity, Save Lake Superior Association, and the Indigenous Environmental Network filed an “intent to sue” notice under the Clean Water Act on Monday.

The groups claim that LTV’s unlined basin is the source of seeps and discharges of polluted wastewater into groundwater and surface waters, which eventually reach the Embarrass River and, ultimately, Lake Superior.

The Center for Biological Diversity’s media release on the intended suit can be found HERE.

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