PolyMet Submits Permit to Mine Application

DNR will now review the application for the proposed NorthMet project

On Thursday, November 3, 2016, PolyMet submitted a Permit to Mine application for its proposed NorthMet project near Hoyt Lakes.

This is the last major state permit application that PolyMet needs to build and operate their copper-nickel-precious metals project.

The 15,000 page document that has been submitted to the state, contains information pertaining to the mine’s safety, environmental impact, and financials.

The next step for this application is a review process by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which will include an extensive evaluation of environmental and financial considerations.

Reviews will be conducted by a team of DNR technical experts, additional state agencies, local governments, and DNR’s independent expert contractors. Each group will look closely at the details, and determine whether it is designed to meet state standards, provides appropriate financial assurance, and has incorporated the environmental protections outlined in the Environmental Impact Statement.

Once the review is complete by the DNR, considerations for draft permit conditions, if any, will be developed. 

Rep. Rick Nolan made the following statement regarding the application submission:

“This is a big and historic step forward for jobs on the Iron Range and the State of Minnesota. After years of intensive environmental review and analysis, it has become clear we have the brains and technology to do both mining and protect our environment. We look forward to conducting a comprehensive review of the application and continuing our work to get this project up and running as soon as possible. While the State undertakes its review, we will continue our work to ensure the project’s partnering federal agencies complete their respective Records of Decision quickly and efficiently.”

For more information on the NorthMet Project head over to: http://www.polymetmining.com/northmet-project/overview/

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