The Duluth City Council decided to not approve an evidentiary hearing request for a potential Polymet permit to mine application.
The proposed resolution requested that the Minnesota DNR to have an evidentiary hearing if and when Polymet submits a permit to mine application.
Opponents of the resolution said the council overstepped their boundaries, that debating the project is a waste of the city's time, and that a request for the hearing is premature because no permit.
While supporters of the resolution said that the permitting process is not fool proof, that it is a Duluth issue because it is located downstream from the mine and that they are protectors of the water not protestors.
The city council chambers were standing room only.
The proposed resolution would have been an advisory one, since the DNR is a state agency and the city has no jurisdiction over them.