Legal Fight Brewing Over PolyMet Mine DecisionsA top state official said Wednesday he was finalizing plans for retaining an outside law firm to handle lawsuits stemming from PolyMet Mining Corp.'s proposal to build a copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, which is expected to be challenged regardless of whether state regulators approve the project's needed permits.
Dayton Calls GOP PolyMet Talk Distraction To Avoid Special SessionGov. Mark Dayton isn't playing along with House Republicans' call to link a PolyMet project pledge to a special session for unemployed steelworkers.
DFL Sen. Tom Bakk Says GOP's PolyMet Move Could BackfireMinnesota's Senate majority leader says he's worried a Republican push to make a special session contingent on a PolyMet project pledge could do more harm than good.
House Speaker Daudt Willing To Negotiate On Special SessionMinnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt says he's willing to negotiate a possible special session for emergency assistance for steelworkers but only if Gov. Mark Dayton makes pledges on major development projects.
MDH Might Launch PolyMet Health Impact StudyMinnesota's Department of Health is weighing a request to do a public health impact analysis on the proposed copper-nickel PolyMet Mining Corp. project on the Iron Range. Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday he intends to meet with the agency commissioner this week to determine next steps, including parameters for a potential study.
Opponents To PolyMet Plan Set To Voice Their ObjectionsOpponents of the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota were set Friday to lay out their objections to the final environmental review for the project, which they say failed to result in significant improvements from earlier drafts of the plan.
PolyMet Project Still Faces 30-Day Comment PeriodWhile the final environmental review for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine was more than a decade in the making, the company still faces significant hurdles before it can start digging for ore.
Report Says Proposed PolyMet Mine Meets State StandardsA 10-year study found that a controversial mine in northeastern Minnesota meets all state standards for protecting air and water quality.
Dayton Tours Mich. Mine In Lead Up To PolyMet DecisionBefore making a decision on a new Iron Range mine, Gov. Mark Dayton is seeing the best and worst of other operations. PolyMet wants to open the state's first copper-nickel mine near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
Gov. Dayton Begins Mine Tours Ahead Of PolyMet DecisionGov. Mark Dayton kicked off visits to mining operations in other states Tuesday as he prepares to make a major mining decision in Minnesota. The state is considering whether to allow a mining company to open Minnesota's first copper-nickel operation. And it is a decision that is sparking controversy.
Dayton Talks About Mine Tour Ahead Of PolyMet DecisionSometime next year, Gov. Mark Dayton expects to face a major decision about whether a new copper and nickel mining project gets the ultimate go-ahead. The PolyMet Mining Corp. venture in northeastern Minnesota has been years in the planning and already has caused a rift within Dayton's Democratic Party.
Dayton To Tour Mines In Michigan, S. DakotaMinnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has planned trips to mines in South Dakota and Michigan as his administration prepares for a major decision on whether to advance copper and nickel mining on the Iron Range. Dayton spokesman Matt Swenson told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the governor will tour the Gilt Edge mine in western South Dakota on Oct. 27 and Eagle Mine in northern Michigan on Oct. 30. Dayton's administration is evaluating environmental issues surrounding the proposed PolyMet mine in northeastern Minnesota.