Minnesota Supreme Court denies challenge of PolyMet environmental review

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ST. PAUL, MN — The Minnesota Supreme court has declined to hear a petition for review from environmental groups regarding the PolyMet copper-nickel mining project.

Twin Cities-based Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy and Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness petitioned the state court to review a Court of Appeals decision that upheld the environmental review for the project, which was prepared by the Minnesota DNR.

In a decision Tuesday, the court denied the environmental groups’ request for the DNR to prepare a supplemental Environmental Impact Statement.

In a news release Tuesday, PolyMet president and CEO Jon Cherry said, “This action effectively closes out any remaining challenges to the state related to the environmental review and allows us to sharpen our focus on financing, building and operating Minnesota’s first copper-nickel-precious metals mine.”

PolyMet plans to run Minnesota’s first copper-nickel mine.

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