Clean water groups file request for stay of Polymet permits

St. Paul, MN – On Thursday, various environmental groups in the Northland took the first steps to challenge permits for the Polymet copper-nickel mine proposal.

Those groups include: Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, Minnesota Center for Environment Advocacy and WaterLegacy.

A formal filing has been delivered by the groups to the DNR and the MPCA, which requests them to stay permits for the Polymet proposal.

The groups go on to say that the permits issued to Polymet by the DNR last week should be suspended until the Court of Appeals evaluates their request.

This comes as the DNR announced the approval for several major permits for the Polymet mining project on the Iron Range.

The proposed mine will be located near Hoyt Lakes and Babbitt.

According to officials at Polymet, it would have a 20-year lifespan, contribute $500-million dollars annually to the state’s economy, and employ 360 full-time employees in addition to hundreds of construction jobs.

Reece Lindquist

Reece Lindquist

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