This afternoon, October 19. 2016, the MN Environmental Quality Board (EQB) held their regular meeting in St. Paul. On the agenda was the petition put forth by MAFP members to change state rules to require health impacts be reviewed for mining projects.
Three members from the Lake Superior Chapter gave testimony as part of the petition:
Deb Allert, MD, MAFP Lake Superior Chapter President
Dania Kamp, MD, MAFP President
Emily Onello, MD
Additionally, these members spoke during the public comment period:
John Ipsen, MD
Kristen Wegerson, MD
Jen Pearson, MD
Peg Sutherland, MD
If adopted by the EQB (decision pending following today's meeting), the proposal would have to go through the usual state rulemaking process, including public hearings and comments. It would not be retroactive to include PolyMet which has already moved beyond environmental review, but a new rule could impact the proposed Twin Metals copper mine near Ely or the possible Kennecott copper mine near Tamarack west of Duluth.