Hundreds expected for first public comment meeting on Polymet mine

By KBJR News 1

Hundreds expected for first public comment meeting on Polymet mine

January 16, 2014 Updated Jan 16, 2014 at 12:46 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The future of copper-nickel mining in Minnesota will be the topic for discussion at the DECC in Duluth tonight.

Hundreds are already on their way in hopes of voicing their opinions on Polymet Mining's proposed project on the Iron Range. 7 buses being provided by various Iron Range Chamber of Commerce's will be shuttling dozens of people to Duluth this afternoon.

Tonight kicks off the first of three public meetings concerning the proposed copper-nickel mine.

Doors open at 5pm for the open house at the DECC with the meeting being held in the City Side Convention Center. Public statements will be heard in an adjacent room, 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. The Duluth public meeting will also serve as the Army Corps of Engineers’ 404 permit public hearing.

An independent facilitor will select speakers at random. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says they are expecting a large turnout for this meeting and do not believe they will be able to accommodate everyone who wishes to speak.

Attendees will also have the option of submitting written comments while at the meeting. All written comments will become part of the final Environmental Impact Statement for Polymet's proposed mine.

PolyMet’s proposed project remains in the “environmental review” phase and public input on the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement is an important component of this phase.

Additional public meetings will be held at the Mesabi East High School in Aurora on Jan. 22 and at the St. Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul on Jan. 28.

We will have live coverage of tonight's public comment meeting at the DECC coming up on the KBJR 6 and Range 11 news at 5pm and 6pm.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns