Final EIS gives green light to PolyMet copper-nickel project

By Kevin Jacobsen

November 6, 2015Updated Nov 6, 2015 at 6:58 PM CST

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Friday gave PolyMet the go ahead to mine with the release of its final Environmental Impact Statement.

The long awaited EIS states the proposed mining project can process copper nickel in a manner that complies with the law and protects the environment.

“Completion of the Final EIS is a huge milestone for PolyMet, for the Iron Range communities, and for the state of Minnesota,” said Jon Cherry, president and CEO. “It is the culmination of more than a decade of detailed analysis and thorough review from various state and federal regulatory agencies.”

The 3,000 page document, found here, is an environmental analysis of the potential environmental impacts the copper nickel mine may or may not have in Northern Minnesota.

According to the document, the biggest risk of PolyMet is water contamination.

A 30 day public comment period is expected to get underway next week.

The project still requires local, state and federal approvals and permits.

“The co-lead agencies have brought the highest level of rigor and objectivity to the NorthMet environmental review,” said Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr. “Our responsibility is to conduct a neutral evaluation based on information from the company, our own analysis, and the comments we receive. The process has been thoughtful, independent and thorough.”

The proposed mine would be located in Hoyt Lakes and is expected to create 360 long-term jobs.

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