Proposed PolyMet Mine Informational Session

The public is learning more about a proposed copper nickel mine in the Iron Range

The public is learning more about a proposed copper nickel mine in the Iron Range.

The Minnesota DNR along with Polymet hosted an informational session before the company applies for a potential permit to mine application.

Hundreds filled the Mesabi East High School gym to learn more about the the permit to mine process. The min would run for twenty years.

Mining supporters wore their blue stickers proudly.

“It will help a lot of people,” said Terry King of Duluth.

They made up the majority of the crowd at the DNR’s meeting of a potential permit to mine application submitted by PolyMet.

The proposed mine would be located in the St. Louis River watershed about six miles south of Babbitt and a mile south of the existing Northshore mine.

“If everything is dependent on mining without having the diversification they need, there’s never going to be a healthy community,” said Christina Krauz of Grand Marais.

The DNR stressed the project permit applications have not yet been submitted,

It’s been a thoroughly reviewed process and it’s been all looking good and that’s important to me,” said King.

Even though there were more blue stickers in the audience, everyone agreed on one thing.

“Everybody cares about clean water,” said Krauz.

If the application does go forward, it will also be reviewed by even more agencies besides the DNR and public comment will be taken.

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