ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A clean water group has petitioned state and federal regulators for another environmental review for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota.
The project has already undergone an extensive environmental review, and PolyMet is now seeking permits.READ MORE: Wisconsin Health Facilities Request Federal Help For Staff And Hospitals
But Paula Maccabee, an attorney for WaterLegacy, says critical details have changed so much since what was supposed to be the final review that a supplemental environmental impact statement is needed, particularly if PolyMet wants to expand the mine.READ MORE: Hennepin Co. Sheriff David Hutchinson Investigated For Potential DWI
WaterLegacy also cites Swiss commodities giant Glencore, the largest investor in PolyMet, which was recently ordered to give the U.S. Justice Department documents relating to compliance with corruption and money laundering rules stemming from activities in Africa and Venezuela.
Maccabee says that case raises questions about PolyMet’s financial capacity to cover cleanup costs.MORE NEWS: Kim Potter Trial, Dec. 8 Live Updates: Daunte Wright's Mother Testifies
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