MCEA puts up stop sign

to PolyMet permits


On November 1, 2018, without prior notice, DNR issued all the permits within its jurisdiction for the PolyMet project.  DNR took this action despite that fact that MCEA and allies have asked the Court of Appeals to order DNR to prepare a supplement to the Environmental Impact Statement based on PolyMet's financial status and admission that it is looking to expand the mine.  To respond to DNR's action, on November 8, 2018, MCEA and its allies sprang into action and demanded that DNR and MPCA "stay" the effectiveness of their permits until the Court of Appeals rules on the EIS case.  If the agencies do not agree with this demand, MCEA will ask the Court of Appeals to issue a stay.

In the meanwhile, MCEA and allies are reviewing the permits that DNR issued to see if they conform to Minnesota's environmental laws.  If they do not, MCEA will be taking legal action to have a court overturn those permits. Stay tuned for further updates.


MCEA welcomes new Legislative Director

This month MCEA welcomes our new Legislative Director, Kara Josephson. Kara worked for seven years in the Minnesota Senate, including as committee administrator to the State and Local Government Committee for Senators Pappas and Torres Ray. During the 2017 session, Kara was a legislative coordinator and lobbyist for the Sierra Club; more recently she's been Government Relations Manager for the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness. 

While working, Kara has been earning credits toward her law degree at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. She graduated with a B.A. and political science and global studies from the University of Minnesota.


MCEA participating in Giving Tuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in countries around the world. Millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live on this day.

Every act of generosity counts, and each means even more when we give together. Mark your calendar and join others in supporting MCEA on Tuesday, November 27.  All contributions made to MCEA through Facebook will be matched dollar for dollar.

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