Gov't shutdown delays Polymet study publication

By KBJR News 1

Gov't shutdown delays Polymet study publication

November 6, 2013 Updated Nov 6, 2013 at 4:21 PM CST

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - It'll be at least two weeks before we get a glimpse of Supplemental Draft environmental impact statement for the state's first proposed copper nickel mining project.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the Federal Government Shutdown delayed the publication of the Polymet project study,

The shutdown happened during critical final review steps for the NorthMet SDEIS.

The document examines the mining operation that would be located near Hoyt Lakes and its impact on the environment.

Three co-lead agencies – the DNR, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Forest Service – have been preparing the SDEIS for the NorthMet proposal for more than three years.

Operated by the PolyMet company, the $600 million mining project would be located near Hoyt Lakes, and would use the former LTV Steel Mining Company facility.

The release date is set for December 6th.

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