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PolyMet nears permit process

Posted: Thursday, February 25, 2016 9:15 pm (Mesabi Daily News)

ST. PAUL — A decision on the determination of adequacy for the PolyMet copper/nickel/precious metals project near Hoyt Lakes will be released by the end of next week, Gov. Mark Dayton said on Thursday.

The announcement will be made by the Department of Natural Resources, which is one of the co-lead agencies on the project.

The DNR posted the PolyMet Final Environmental Impact Statement in early November. DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr said at the time that the FEIS wouldn’t have been posted if it wasn’t adequate.

Gov. Dayton and DFL leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk of Cook, all responded with a “no” when asked by an editor whether they have been lobbied by any anti-PolyMet supporters to push legislation this session that would delay the nonferrous project.

The PolyMet project, which would create 350 permanent positions, hundreds more spin-off jobs and more than 2 million hours of construction, has received more than 10 years of environmental review.

Other co-lead agencies are the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Forest Service. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and three Minnesota Chippewa bands have participated as cooperating agencies. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has also been actively involved.

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