APEX passes resolution to support PolyMet mine project

By KBJR News 1

APEX passes resolution to support PolyMet mine project

February 11, 2014 Updated Feb 11, 2014 at 12:51 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- PolyMet's proposed copper-nickel mine project is getting backing from another Northland organization.

Area Partnership and Economic Expansion (APEX) Board of Directors plans to announce their resolution to support PolyMet's project during the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce's "Let's Do Lunch" meeting on Tuesday.

The Board passed the resolution back on January 30th, with support coming from the organization's investor-members, who represent more than 65 private sector businesses.

APEX cites the economic boost PolyMet's proposed mine would create for the Iron Range as well as an impact across Minnesota.

“The metals produced are used in the region, state and throughout the world to support green energy production, medical devices and modern communications technologies,” stated Brian Hanson, APEX President and CEO. “Our Board supports PolyMet’s project that would provide a domestic source of essential, strategic minerals and utilizes modern technology through operating practices that protect our air and water quality. The job growth and tax revenue would have a significant impact on our region’s economy. Nonferrous mining will also result in a larger supplier network and value added manufacturing, contributing additional growth opportunities in our region.”

The Board's resolution also supported the project moving to the environmental permitting phase and commits to continue efforts to support mining and manufacturing and supplier opportunities in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.

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