PolyMet

DNR denies requests to reconsider PolyMet tailings basin permits

Minnesota DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen issued an order denying requests by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, multiple environmental organizations and some individuals to reconsider the tailings dam permits issued to PolyMet on Nov. 1, 2018, the DNR said in a news release Wednesday, Aug. 7. The DNR subjected PolyMet’s tailings dam proposal to years of rigorous…

Newly released documents detail EPA’s concerns over PolyMet

Documents that the federal EPA tried to keep confidential show that its staffers criticized how Minnesota regulators drafted a key permit for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine, and concluded that the permit would violate federal law because it lacked pollution limits based on the state’s water quality standards.

Federal judge lifts hold on lawsuits against PolyMet mine

PolyMet completed swapping 6,650 acres of federal land in the Superior National Forest for a similar amount of private land last June. (U.S. Forest Service)MINNEAPOLIS — A federal judge in Minnesota has lifted a hold that had been placed on four lawsuits challenging the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. The decision by U.S. District Judge Joan Ericksen doesn’t…

DNR rejects petition for fresh PolyMet environmental review

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota DNR has rejected a clean water group’s petition for an additional environmental review of the PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. WaterLegacy argued in its request last month that critical details of the plan have changed so much since the final review was approved in 2016 that a supplemental environmental impact statement is needed….

Judge stays four lawsuits that seek to block PolyMet land swap

PolyMet completed swapping 6,650 acres of federal land in the Superior National Forest for a similar amount of private land last June. (U.S. Forest Service)MINNEAPOLIS — A federal judge has put on hold four lawsuits filed by eight environmental groups to block a land swap that the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota needs to move forward. U.S. District…

Public gets two opportunities to weigh in on draft permits for proposed mine

On Feb. 7 and 8, the Minnesota DNR and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will host public meetings in Aurora and Duluth, respectively, to provide information and comment opportunities regarding recently released draft permits for PolyMet’s proposed NorthMet mine. The meetings will include an open house where the public can learn more about the DNR’s draft permit to mine and the…

Minnesota governor now supports PolyMet copper-nickel mine

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he’s moved from being “genuinely undecided” on the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine to being a genuine supporter of the project. Dayton saids he’s not as comfortable with another proposed copper-nickel mine, Twin Metals near Ely, because it’s in a watershed that flows into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The federal…

DNR refuses to extend comment period for PolyMet dam permits

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota DNR has rejected a request by environmentalists to extend the public comment period on the draft dam safety permits for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. The DNR said in a statement Friday that the 30-day comment period will close as scheduled Oct. 16. Five environmental groups told the DNR in their requests this month that…