DNR: Polymet Mining Project Draft Document to be Released in November

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DNR: Polymet Mining Project Draft Document to be Released in November

August 23, 2013 Updated Aug 23, 2013 at 12:58 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Minnesota DNR plans to release a 1,800 page document on the environmental analysis of Polymet's proposed nonferrous mining project in northern Minnesota come November.

The document, known as the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS), will be available for public review on November 22nd when it is published in the Federal Register. It will then be published in the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board Monitor on November 25th.

The DNR, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Forest Service have been preparing the SDEIS for the NorthMet project for 3½ years.

“We are taking a hard and objective look at this project,” said DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr. “Our top priority has always been to publish the best possible environmental review of a very complex project.”

The draft document examines the state’s first proposed copper, nickel and other precious metal mining operation. The NorthMet mining project would be located near Hoyt Lakes, using the former LTV Steel Mining Company facility.

DNR officials say the SDEIS is not a permit to mine, but a thorough description of the project and an analysis of any environmental impacts it is expected to have.

After the release of the draft document, a review period will open to the public involving meetings that are expected to be held in January. After the public review, agencies involved in the mine will respond to comments and modify the draft document if needed and ultimately publish a final Environmental Impact Statement for public review.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns