Conservation Minnesota

Mining & Industry

Minnesota has long been an industrial leader with iron mining and forest product industries holding an integral part of our state’s history. That’s why Conservation Minnesota supports clean, responsible practices that create jobs and protect our Great Outdoors.

As a member of the Mining Truth coalition, we’re working with partners and members throughout the state to educate Minnesotans on the difference between traditional iron mining and unproven and high-risk sulfide mining. Thousands of Minnesotans have told us they are concerned about the impact this new industry could have on Lake Superior and the Boundary Waters. PolyMet, the first sulfide mine being proposed, would be in operation for 20 years, but require treatment of  polluted water for 500 years.

Armed with the facts, Minnesotans can insist on natural resource protection, high environmental standards, and taxpayer protection.

In 2013, we joined over 20,000 Minnesotans in asking Governor Dayton to ensure that no sulfide mine be approved in Minnesota without demonstrating strict adherence to environmental standards that protect our lakes, rivers, and health.

Working together, we can protect the Minnesota we love.

What would you choose?

Is preventing sulfide mining pollution more important than removing toxic chemicals from consumer products? Help us choose our priorities.


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