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Reader's view: Public will pay for any PolyMet cleanup

Mark Twain was once quoted stating that a mine was “a hole in the ground owned by a liar.”

I read an article by Bloomberg Business Week (the May 5-11 edition) about a Colorado gold mine that may cost taxpayers $23.5 million in cleanup costs because the company went bankrupt.

It seems to me PolyMet Mining has a problem getting financing.

PolyMet’s deep-pocketed partner, the Anglo-Swiss mining giant Glencore Xstrata, owns

29 percent of the company and I fear would be shielded from cleanup liability.

Richard G. Johnson

Iron River