MN Court of Appeals Stays Permit for PolyMet

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has stayed a permit for PolyMet. The Minnesota Court of Appeals has stayed a permit for PolyMet. |  Photo: WDIO FILE

Updated: August 06, 2019 08:49 PM

The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday to stay the PolyMet wastewater permit due to the permitting process. "A substantial issue has been raised as to the regularity of the MPCA's proceedings in granting the permit," the ruling said. It went on to say, "We are also persuaded that a stay will both promote the public interest and protect this court's appellate jurisdiction."
Friends of the Boundary Waters released the following statement: "Today's ruling is a victory for clean water and clean government. Evidence of a cover-up at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has been growing for some time and we applaud the Court of Appeals' decision to stay the PolyMet wastewater permit until these matters can be investigated fully." Chris Knopf, Executive Director


PolyMet sent a statement: "We are disappointed in the court’s decision, but we remain confident that the water quality permit meets all applicable standards and will ultimately be upheld in the Court of Appeals."

The MPCA also responded on Wednesday. "PolyMet's 479-page NPDES permit is a result of an extensive collaborative process between the MPCA and EPA that protected Minnesota's most valuable resource - its water. The MPCA gave the EPA extensive opportunities to provide feedback and comment on the permit, including 60 days for a formal review. MPCA is prepared to show the court that it addressed EPA's comments through the permitting process, and the EPA ultimately concluded that the permit was legally enforceable."

This news comes one day after the Court upheld Minnesota's non-ferrous mining laws, which were challenged by environmental groups.

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