McFadden: Iron Rangers deserve an answer on Polymet

By KBJR News 1

August 22, 2014 Updated Aug 22, 2014 at 6:23 PM CDT

DULUTH, Minn. (NNCNOW.com) --- U.S. Senator Al Franken's Republican opponent says Iron Rangers deserve an answer on Polymet.

If elected, Mike McFadden says on day one he will send a letter to the EPA demanding federal agencies stop putting up road blocks preventing Polymet from opening.

McFadden says he wants Minnesota agencies to be solely responsible for the permitting process of copper nickel mining projects like Polymet.

After a tour of Polymet this week, McFadden claimed Senator Franken has not done nearly enough to further Iron Range mining initiatives.

"What I think everyone in this state deserves, especially the good people on the Iron Range, is a decision," Mcfadden said Friday. "We are Minnesotans, we are responsible people, we want to do things in a responsible way. The fact, though, that this has taken eight years and $200 million being spent and there is still not an answer is unacceptable."

McFadden challenged Senator Franken to six debates before the November election.

Franken has only agreed to three of the debates, including one in Duluth.

Nick Minock