DNR gearing up for second public comment meeting on proposed Polymet mine

By KBJR News 1

The DECC in Duluth on January 17th, packed with people on hoping to voice their opinions on Polymet's proposed copper-nickel mine near Hoyt Lakes.

January 21, 2014 Updated Jan 21, 2014 at 2:07 PM CDT

Aurora, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Mesabi East High School's gymnasium in Aurora is expected to be packed on Wednesday with people voicing their opinions on Polymet's proposed mining project.

This is the second in a series of three meetings to inform the public on PolyMet Mining's proposed copper-nickel mine near Hoyt Lakes, Minn. The first public comment meeting in Duluth last week saw 1,200 people cram into the DECC hoping to submit their opinions on the mine.

According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, these meetings are designed for the public to learn more about the environmental effects of the proposed mining project. Attendees are also given the opportunity to offer comments regarding the adequacy and completeness of the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

The Aurora public meeting will begin with an open house hosted by the DNR, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Forest Service. Fifteen informational stations and representatives from state, federal and cooperating agencies will be available so participants can ask questions and discuss aspects of the SDEIS.

Doors open at 5pm. Public statements will be heard in the school's gym, during the open house. This portion of the meeting will begin with a formal presentation at 6:45 p.m., followed by public comments, concluding at 10 p.m.

An independent facilitator will select speakers at random from among those expressing a desire to speak. The DNR reminds participants that due to the expected large turnout, it is unlikely that everyone attending will be able to speak during the meeting.

Meeting attendees will also have the option of submitting comments in writing on comment forms or by speaking one-on-one to a stenographer who will record oral comments.

All written comments will become part of the final Environmental Impact Statement and are public information. Written comments will be accepted until 4:30pm on March 13th.

The final public comment meeting will be held at the St. Paul RiverCentre on January 28th.

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