Environmental Groups Appeal PolyMet Permits

Opponents of PolyMet are appealing the permits for the project. Opponents of PolyMet are appealing the permits for the project. |  Photo: WDIO FILE

Updated: December 03, 2018 03:59 PM

On Monday, groups opposed to PolyMet filed appeals to the permits issued for the project by the DNR.

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Last month, the DNR issued 11 key permits for the project. The MPCA is still working on theirs.

The groups appealing the permits are: Duluth for Clean Water, Friends of the Cloquet Valley State Forest, Save Lake Superior Association, Save Our Sky Blue Waters, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, WaterLegacy, and Center for Biological Diversity,

The appeals are in addition to what was requested in November, when the groups asked the DNR and the MPCA to suspend all permits.

Also, the groups submitted a separate filing asking the Minnesota Court of Appeals to overturn Minnesota's non-ferrous mining rules, saying they are too vague to be adequately enforced by courts and regulatory agencies.

Jobs for Minnesotans released this statement: "After a thorough, rigorous and lengthy environmental review process with ample public input, this appeal is one more attempt to delay a critical project for the state of Minnesota that has demonstrated it can meet or exceed regulatory standards. The PolyMet NorthMet project is a major economic investment for our state and deserves to move ahead without further delay."

PolyMet plans on mining near Babbitt, and processing the copper and nickel at the old LTV plant in Hoyt Lakes.

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