PolyMet Mining: Minnesota Court of Appeals Upholds Environmental Review for NorthMetProject, Rejects Environmental Groups’ Petition for Supplemental EIS
ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Poly Met Mining, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of PolyMet Mining Corp. (together “PolyMet” or the “company”) TSX: POM; NYSE American: PLM, announces that the Minnesota State Court of Appeals today upheld the scope of the environmental review prepared for the NorthMet Project prepared by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, rejecting a challenge from several environmental groups who wanted the DNR to prepare a supplemental review.
In its unanimous decision, the three-judge panel affirmed the DNR’s decision not to prepare a supplemental EIS based on claims by the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness and Water Legacy, that PolyMet had changed its project. As the court explained, “[t]he new information submitted by MCEA and Friends did not significantly affect the potential for environmental effects because it was too speculative.” The court further emphasized that, “[a]s the proposer, PolyMet sets the parameters of the proposed project.”
The court’s ruling covered three consolidated appeals filed in 2018. The Final Environmental Impact Statement for PolyMet’s NorthMet Project was published in November 2015 and subsequently approved by the co-lead agencies: the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
“We are pleased that the Court of Appeals agrees with us and the DNR,” said Jon Cherry, president and CEO. “The court’s decision reaffirms the environmental review for NorthMet, which was the most comprehensive and lengthiest in the state’s history, appropriately addresses the scope of our plan to responsibly mine copper, nickel and precious metals from the world-class Duluth Complex in northeastern Minnesota.”
PolyMet Mining Corp. (www.polymetmining.com) is a publicly traded mine development company that owns 100 percent of Poly Met Mining, Inc., a Minnesota corporation that controls 100 percent of the NorthMet copper-nickel-precious metals ore body through a long-term lease, and owns 100 percent of the former LTV Steel Mining Company processing facility, located approximately seven rail miles from the ore body in the established mining district of the Mesabi Iron Range in northeastern Minnesota. Poly Met Mining, Inc. has completed its Definitive Feasibility Study and received all permits necessary to construct and operate the NorthMet Project. NorthMet is expected to require approximately two million hours of construction labor, create approximately 360 long-term jobs directly, and generate a level of activity that will have a significant multiplier effect in the local economy.
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