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Groups Ask AG's Office to Investigate PolyMet

Environmental groups ask AG's office to investigate PolyMet. Environmental groups ask AG's office to investigate PolyMet. |  Photo: WDIO FILE

Updated: July 22, 2019 05:34 PM

The Minnesota Attorney General's office has received a letter signed by two dozen groups, asking for an investigation into PolyMet.

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Specifically, the groups want Keith Ellison to investigate whether PolyMet concealed its relationship with Swiss-based commodity giant Glencore in order to mislead the public and hide Glencore from scrutiny during the permitting process. They are concerned Glencore is not listed on any of the permits, and believe Glencore has a history of being an international bad actor.

Glencore recently took over majority ownership of the project, but has been an investor for years.

Ellison's office confirmed they have received the letter and are reviewing it.

PolyMet is the planned copper-nickel venture planned for Babbitt and Hoyt Lakes. The company has received all of its necessary state and federal permits.

They sent a statement on Monday, saying, "This is just one more in a long string of attempts by environmental groups to stop the PolyMet Project. As a publicly traded corporation, PolyMet has met all of its financial disclosure obligations in addition to its environmental regulatory commitments."

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