Several environmental groups and a Native American tribe filed lawsuits in federal court Tuesday saying the Army Corps of Engineers violated federal law when it issued a permit authorizing the destruction of wetlands for the PolyMet project.
Mining and community leaders helped celebrate the completion of the $100 million expansion project at Northshore Mining on Tuesday. "This is for the next generation, and the generation after next," said CEO Lourenco Goncalves.
The MN DNR is responding sharply to a WDIO News report in which an Essar consultant pushed for understanding and support from the state. "Essar has absolutely no credibility with the DNR. This cannot be overstated," according to a DNR statement.
A consultant working for Essar said that a group has come together to finish the half built mine and pellet plant in Nashwauk. And that it's different this time, because Essar isn't the main financial backer.
The Commerce Department wants to ease rules on mining and prospecting on federal lands in the name of national security. President Donald Trump had asked for the proposals, saying the U.S. needs more mining to reduce imports of critical minerals.