Copper-Nickel Mining, Water Quality & Carbon Lead State's Environmental AgendaMajor decisions on copper-nickel mining, water quality and a push to reduce carbon emissions by Minnesota's utilities will be among the top issues on Minnesota's environmental agenda for 2016. Some of the debate will be very public, while much work on issues such as oil pipelines and wild rice will take place behind the scenes.
PolyMet Critic Says EPA Has Authority To Decide Mine's FateAn environmental attorney says the Environmental Protection Agency may have backed the final review for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine, but the federal agency still has considerable authority to decide whether the project qualifies for permits.
DNR Extends Comment Period On PolyMet Environmental ReviewThe Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is giving the public an extra week to comment on the final environmental review for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. The original deadline was Monday, Dec. 14. The DNR said Thursday that it's extending that through 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21.
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.