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Reader's View: Too much risk with copper mining

I feel the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine is penny-wise and pound-foolish and should be rejected. It is shortsighted and ultimately bad for Minnesota.

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Denfeld’s 1947 boys basketball team is the only Denfeld basketball team to win a state title. The team’s head coach was Lloyd Holm. Team members were Rudy Monson, Larry Tessier, Paul Nace, Kenneth Sunnarborg, Eugene Norlander, Howard Tucker, Tony Skull, Jerry Walczak, Bruce Budge, Keith Stolen and student manager Bob Scott.

I feel the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine is penny-wise and pound-foolish and should be rejected. It is shortsighted and ultimately bad for Minnesota.

The mine promises good-paying jobs, but perhaps only for roughly 20 years; that's half a career for those there at the beginning.

Toxins held in holding ponds will remain for hundreds of years, surrounded by some of the most pristine wilderness in the world. I understand the dam containing these toxic waters would be reinforced to withstand a once-in-a-thousand-year weather event. What if that event happens in 50 years? Or 100 years? With the unpredictability of climate change, who knows?! What about an intentional act of vandalism? Even if a breach occurs 1,000 years from now, what would future generations think of our choice?

PolyMet touts that the existing basin has been stable for 60 years. That is just a moment against the backdrop of human history.

It has taken decades and millions to clean up the St. Louis River to the point we can now swim in it and eat fish from it. It flows into our beloved Lake Superior.

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To the north is the delicate Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness ecosystem, like no place else in the world.

There is simply too much at risk to take a chance on copper-nickel mining for such a fleeting moment of economic boom.

Gregory Luke

Duluth

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