Community Members Discuss PolyMet Mine Proposal

Minnesota DNR Accepting Comments

The state of Minnesota approved the final environmental impact statement of a proposed copper-nickle mine project in Northeastern Minnesota.

Concerned community leaders from a variety of backgrounds like conservation, business, and healthcare, gathered to discuss PolyMet’s proposal.

Those opposing NorthMet say that the environmental impact by the mine would not be worth the immediate jobs that would be created, and that there should be an alternative to mining.

They believe in the long run, it would be beneficial to protect the land

The Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce supports and publicly advocates for the PolyMet Mining Initiative.  David Ross, the president and CEO of the Chamber released a statement

 “We understand and appreciate how the mining of resources in Northeastern Minnesota will generate thousands of new jobs for our neighbors from throughout the region.”

He also addressed the potential positive impact that strategic metals mining would have on local tax revenue and education funding.

Those opposed to NorthMet encourage community members to contact the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to submit their comments and opinions

The DNR is accepting comments on the project until Monday, December fourteenth. 

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