DULUTH, MN – Former Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson questioned transparency in the PolyMet permitting process during a rally Monday in front of Duluth City Hall.
Joining clean water advocates, Carlson, an outspoken critic of the copper nickel mine, called on the state to protect downstream communities.
His visit comes on the heels of court decisions that put three PolyMet permits on hold.
Carlson questioned the influence of PolyMet in the current state administration.
“We’re being denied the right to have a public hearing and we’re being denied the right to have a public hearing from people who have PolyMet working for them. PolyMet is extraordinarily well represented but who prey tell represents the people,” Carlson said.
PolyMet, majority-owned by Glencore, is proposing to build the mine near Hoyt Lakes.
“The lengthy, thorough and very public environmental review and permitting processes speak for themselves,” a PolyMet spokesperson said in response to Carlson’s claims.
Carlson served two terms as governor in the 90s.