After ten years and millions of dollars, Its about frigging time.

DNR Says PolyMet Environmental Review is Adequate

Updated: 03/03/2016 1:56 PM
Created: 03/03/2016 10:59 AM
PolyMet has cleared a major hurdle towards opening Minnesota’s first copper-nickel mine, with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources saying the final environmental review of the proposed mine is adequate.
DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr had to certify whether the 3,500-page environmental impact statement for the project meets the legal requirements.
The project would include a mine near Babbitt and a processing facility at the former LTV site near Hoyt Lakes. PolyMet’s supporters tout the hundreds of jobs the mine would bring to the struggling Iron Range.
The DNR’s decision does not give a final go-ahead for the project. The federal environmental review process is ongoing, and PolyMet would still need to receive multiple permits from the state before beginning work.
Environmental groups are concerned about the potential for long-term pollution and plan to keep fighting the project during the permitting process.
Eyewitness News will air a special report to broadcast a DNR press conference about the decision at 2:00. The special report will be streamed live on WDIO.com and the WDIO mobile app, and will be carried live on WDIO-DT2/MeTV (click here for channel listings).
We’ll have live team coverage of the decision, including reaction from people on the Iron Range and environmental groups, on Eyewitness News at Five on channels 10 and 13 and Eyewitness News at Six on MeTV.
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