MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO)– The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency was under fire in a hearing Tuesday for approval of a water quality permit requested by PolyMet last year.
An attorney for the MPCA denied any wrong-doing, but challengers argue that the permit was issued despite concerns, and that those records were destroyed.READ MORE: Thomas Kahlbaugh Charged In Scuffle Over Mask Mandate At School Board Meeting
PolyMet wants to build a copper-nickel mine in St. Louis County, and despite being awarded permits, they have been in and out of court ever since.READ MORE: 'It's Just Too Beautiful': Minnesotans Soak Up What's Left Of The Unusual Fall Color Season
“We didn’t destroy documents. If there was something that was relevant to this proceeding, we did not destroy it. And certainly if there is something that should have been in the administrative record under the regulatory boundaries that we’ve talked about, they saved that document,” a member of MPCA’s legal team said.MORE NEWS: Twin Cities Man Accused Of Operating Private Airport In Field Behind His Home
The judge has asked each legal team to put together their final arguments, and the trial will continue Wednesday.