DNR Hosts Final Meeting on Proposed PolyMet Mine

Updated: 01/28/2014 7:01 PM
Created: 01/28/2014 7:49 AM
By: Leslie Dyste

The Department of Natural Resources is hosting the third and final meeting on a new mine planned for northern Minnesota on Tuesday night.

Earlier meetings brought in more than 1,000 people to talk about PolyMet’s proposal to open the state’s first copper-nickel mine.

Supporters say the mine would bring jobs and money into the northeast corner of the state. Aurora is on the edge of the Iron Range, and many residents used to work at a taconite plant that shut down in 2001. PolyMet wants to reuse the shuttered plant's facilities.
The mayor of a nearby town says it's time to open the mine and bring money to the Iron Range.
Opponents say the environmental impact statement predicts long-term water treatment will be needed.

The meeting began at 5 p.m. Tuesday at St. Paul RiverCentre.

View the state and federal environmental review of the proposed project here.

PolyMet provided fact sheets on what they view as the three main issues facing this project. They are attached below:

Fact Sheet: Long-Term Treatment

Fact Sheet: Financial Assurance

Fact Sheet: Water Quality

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