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PolyMet Applies for Wetland Permit

Updated: 12/16/2013 12:07 PM
Created: 12/16/2013 11:54 AM WDIO.com

PolyMet Mining announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has published notice of the company's NorthMet nickel project in Babbitt and Hoyt Lakes.

The notice and application can be accessed at the USACE website: http://www.mvp.usace.army.mil.

A Section 404 Wetland Permit covers mitigation and replacement of wetlands that will be affected by a project.

“We are confident PolyMet’s mitigation plan will satisfy the Clean Water Act’s requirements of no net loss of wetlands and the USACE St. Paul District’s wetland mitigation guidance,” said Jon Cherry, CEO and president.

The permit application is subject to public review and comment for 90 days.

A public hearing is scheduled in Duluth Jan. 16, 2014, that will coincide with a public hearing for the NorthMet supplemental draft Environmental Impact Statement. That hearing will be at the DECC from 5-10pm.

A Record of Decision on the final EIS by the USACE will be the basis for issuance of the Section 404 Permit.

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