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Another PolyMet permit sent back to state regulators

Another legal ruling about a permit for PolyMet. Another legal ruling about a permit for PolyMet. |  Photo: WDIO FILE

Updated: March 23, 2020 01:17 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Court of Appeals sent an air-emissions permit for the PolyMet copper-nickel mine back to state regulators for further review Monday, giving another victory to environmental groups who oppose the project.

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The appeals court found that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency did not adequately evaluate whether the air permit requested by PolyMet was a “sham permit" - meaning one that didn't accurately reflect the size and scope of PolyMet's proposed mine.

This is the fourth permit the Court of Appeals has rejected this year. A spokesman for the MPCA said the agency was still reviewing the opinion.

PolyMet issued a statement on Monday afternoon: 

"We are disappointed in the court’s decision and are evaluating all legal options. We believe the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in its permit appropriately accounted for the potential effects of the NorthMet Project. We stand ready to provide the additional information the agency might need to update its decision on the air permit. We demonstrated through the extensive environmental review and permitting process that we can meet or exceed Minnesota’s strict standards for nonferrous mines. This mine will provide much needed jobs to a region of the state known for its expertise in safe mining. We are continuing to move forward."

(This story includes a portion from the Associated Press)

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