“In northern Minnesota, mining is our past, our present, and our future,” U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber said in a statement. “For decades, we have responsibly mined under the strongest environmental and labor standards in the world. … This utter disregard for our way of life is insulting.”

What is responsible mining? Is it dumping millions of tons of toxic mining waste into Lake Superior for decades until forced to stop by the courts? Is it ignoring and exceeding sulfate standards in tailings runoff, killing wild rice beds, creating dead zones in the St. Louis River, and, worst of all, having 10% of a region’s infants born with excessive mercury levels? Strong environmental standards don’t mean much if they are not enforced. And Minnesota does not have a good history of enforcement.

What I find insulting is Stauber’s utter disregard for our way of life, water we can drink, clean lakes, clean rivers, clean air, and a recreation industry dependant on all of this.

Mary Arps Thompson

Duluth and Brimson