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Great Lakes threat: concern over Minnesota’s Poly-Met dam after Brazil dam collapse

In Environment
Feb 11th, 2019
A contaminated plume enters the Atlantic from the mouth of Brazil’s Rio Doce. in 2015.

A contaminated plume enters the Atlantic from the mouth of Brazil’s Rio Doce, once a healthy fishery, days after the the 2015 collapse of a dam released highly toxic mine wastes.

By Dr. Gary G. Kohls Global Research February 7 2019

The photos and videos in this supplemental Duty to Warn column need to be viewed by everybody living downstream from the proposed PolyMet mine tailings lagoon – scheduled to be built near Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota, a St Louis River river-town in northeast Minnesota. Hoyt Lakes is the northernmost of the 12 river towns on the St Louis River estuary which empties into Lake Superior, the least polluted of the Great Lakes. Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world (by surface area) and it contains 10% of the entire world’s remaining fresh water.

Tens of thousands of people live and fish and harvest wild rice and depend on the fresh water that is provided by the St Louis River estuary. If what happened to the permanently polluted river in Brazil a week ago happens to the proposed PolyMet tailings lagoon, those 12 towns and their people will be severely – and permanently – impacted. Some of the towns may be destroyed and unknown numbers of people will be drowned, injured or displaced.

As has been described many times in Duluth’s alternative news-weekly paper (the Duluth Reader but, significantly, NEVER by the Duluth News-Tribune earthen-walled tailings lagoon dams always leak but many of them totally collapse with devastating results.

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