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EPA Says PolyMet Mine Review Shows Improvements

Updated: 03/13/2014 5:43 PM
Created: 03/13/2014 12:15 PM KSTP.com

The Environmental Protection Agency says the latest environmental review for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine shows "extensive improvements" over the original, but it still needs work.
    
The federal agency rated the original 2009 document as environmentally unsatisfactory and inadequate, the lowest possible grade. On Thursday the EPA gave it a substantially better rating, but says there are environmental concerns and that more information is needed for the final document.
    
PolyMet CEO John Cherry says in a statement that the new rating demonstrates the improvements the company has made. And he says PolyMet will work with regulators to ensure they get the information needed to address the EPA's comments.
    
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will consider the EPA's report and comments from the public as it prepares the final version.

EPA Comment Letter

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