DECC Ramps Up Security for Polymet Meeting

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: February 08, 2018 07:04 PM

DULUTH - The Polymet mining project has the DECC with added security due to the large group of people coming to the last input session on Thursday for the controversial project.

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The DNR and DPD were in full force for any disruption. There was a pre-entry checkpoint and pat downs that everyone had to go through to get in.

There were 2000 seats set up in the main room and an overflow room. It was considered the biggest public input session the DECC has had.

Chelly Townsend, the Executive Director at DECC, said she wanted extra security for safety concerns.

“We've had a little difficulty at others, so we’re just making sure we have added approaches, we have a pat down area which you can see behind me. We have specific items that were not allowing in tonight,” Townsend said.

If people brought banners or handheld signs, they had to leave those outside of the event.

The DECC worked closely with the DNR and the DPD on the security concerns.



Alejandra Palacios

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