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Nolan Introduces Bill to Speed up Land Exchange for PolyMet

Nolan Introduces Bill to Speed up Land Exchange for PolyMet

July 03, 2017 10:39 AM

Congressman Rick Nolan has introduced House Resolution 3115, the Superior National Forest Land Exchange Act of 2017.

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The goal of this legislation is to speed up the transfer and provide certainty of process for the land exchange.

As we've reported, the U.S. Forest Service approved an exchange with PolyMet back in January. PolyMet will receive 6,650 acres of surface land above and around the NorthMet ore body. In exchange, the Superior National Forest will receive 6,690 acres currently owned by PolyMet, that will become part of the Superior National Forest.

The company said the exchange is taking longer than they'd like. The bill would require the exchange to be completed within 90 days of the bill's enactment.

The only difference, according to the company, that the bill would make in terms of the exchange is that PolyMet would waive a $425,000 fee owed by the Forest Service.

According to a press statement from PolyMet, the legislation has support of other Minnesotans, including Tom Emmer and Collin Peterson and Jason Lewis.

It also has the support of Reps. Paul Gosar, and Bruce Westerman, who were just in Minnesota on a tour of the Range with Nolan.

There are several lawsuits that have been filed over the land exchange by different environmental groups.


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