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EPA review faults permitting for proposed Minnesota mine

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- An internal Environmental Protection Agency investigation has found that the federal agency mishandled its oversight of permits for what would be Minnesota's first copper-nickel mine.

The findings released Wednesday describe a flawed review of two permits issued for the $1 billion mine that PolyMet Mining Corp. wants to build near Babbitt and Hoyt Lakes, which are about 200 miles northeast of Minneapolis.

The findings more uncertainty to the stalled mine project.

Many of the permits issued for the project so far have been suspended or are under review.

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