Opponents of the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota charged Thursday new data show that the state’s new draft environmental review for the project underestimates how much contaminated water could flow from the mine, raising serious questions about the long-term costs of treating it.
About 1,500 people turned out Thursday night to weigh in on what Minnesota’s first copper mine could mean for their water and air. The DNR has spent the last five years studying what PolyMet’s proposal could mean for the environment on the Iron Range. A crowd packed the convention center in Duluth. The building, which is usually home to concerts and hockey games, turned into the place Barb Crow came to join a polarizing debate.
A long-awaited updated environmental review of the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northern Minnesota has been delayed by last month’s federal government shutdown.
New Minnesota congressman Chip Cravaack says he’s planning a closed-door roundtable meeting soon with top state and federal regulators to try to push forward on the state’s first copper mine.