Duluth Seaway Port Authority unanimously votes in support of proposed PolyMet project on Iron Range

By KBJR News 1

February 27, 2014 Updated Feb 27, 2014 at 11:21 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - In a symbolic gesture, The Duluth Seaway Port Authority has unanimously voted to support the proposed PolyMet copper – nickel mining project on the Iron Range.

The Port Authority follows in the footsteps of other Northland organizations, like the Saint Louis County Board and Duluth Chamber of Commerce, in voicing their support for the proposed mining operation.

Executive Director Vanta E. Coda says the port has a long standing, trustworthy relationship with many of the agencies that worked on PolyMet's Environmental Impact Statement.

Coda adds the port believes the current EIS is balanced, and the public comment period has created an opportunity for citizen based checks and balances.

Port Authority President Steve Raukar says the PolyMet project clearly promotes the Port's mission statement.

"The mission of this organization is to promote trade and economic development within the region," said Raukar, "and this clearly has the potential to bring a great deal of commerce through the Seaway Port Authority."

So far, the Minnesota DNR has received over 19,000 public comments on the supplemental draft of the EIS.

The 90-day public comment period will end March 13th.

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