Amnesty International Group Warns about Mt. Polley

Updated: February 12, 2018 06:53 PM

Members of Amnesty International came to Duluth on Monday to share their concerns about the Mt. Polley disaster in British Columbia.

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Tara Scurr said that they don't take a position for or against mining, but their business is related to human rights. "We want to share our experiences in British Columbia. It was the largest environmental mining disaster in Canadian history."

Duluth for Clean Water is concerned that PolyMet's tailings dam will also fail and cause pollution. 

PolyMet said that the tailings dam was one of the most studied aspects of the project, and the review team included an internationally recognized engineer who was appointed to study the Mt. Polley disaster.

Also, they say the dam slope for their project is much more gradual, and had extensive scientific testing done to show that the dam is on stable footings.

The Amnesty folks are in town through Tuesday evening. They plan on addressing the Duluth City Council Monday night.


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