Updated: 12/06/2013 10:39 PM
Created: 12/06/2013 10:09 AM WDIO.com
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Department of Natural Resources has posted a long-awaited environmental review for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota.
The draft document runs about 2,200 pages, including a 56-page executive summary. The release starts a public comment period running through March 13 to give people on all sides a chance to weigh in before the document is finalized. There will be public meetings in Aurora, Duluth and St. Paul. The dates are as follows:
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 DECC - Duluth Entertainment Convention Center 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN 55802 5 p.m. – open house 6:45-10 p.m. formal presentation and public comment period
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 Mesabi East High School 601 1st St W, Aurora, 5 p.m. – open house 6:45-10 p.m. formal presentation and public comment period
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 Saint Paul RiverCentre 175 West Kellogg Blvd, Saint Paul, 5 p.m. – open house 6:45-10 p.m. formal presentation and public comment period.
To help citizens navigate the complex report, the DNR has also posted a number of fact sheets.
PolyMet says it can run the mine near Babbitt and processing plant near Hoyt Lakes without harming the environment. But environmentalists point out that regulators say PolyMet's wastewater may require treatment for up to 500 years, costing billions of dollars.
PolyMet hosted an event at their offices in Hoyt Lakes. Dozens of local and state leaders, tradesmen, and other interested parties attended to celebrate the milestone.
If all goes as planned, they hope to break ground at the end of 2014 or early 2015.
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