Polymet's Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement up for public review

By KBJR News 1

December 6, 2013 Updated Dec 7, 2013 at 1:56 PM CDT

Hoyt Lakes, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A comprehensive environmental analysis of Minnesota’s first proposed copper-nickel mine has been released for public review and input.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and U.S. Forest Service are now seeking public review and input on the SDEIS for the proposed PolyMet NorthMet project near Hoyt Lakes.

Comments will be accepted until March 13th, 2014. There will also be public meetings in Aurora, Duluth and St. Paul in the coming months. Comments will be accepted at these meetings, as well as by email and mail.

To read the full supplemental draft Environmental Impact Statement, you can log onto the Minnesota DNR Environmental Review page.

Meanwhile Senator David Tomassoni commented on today's PolyMet Environmental Impact Statement.

Tomassoni says the release of the EIS report puts Iron Rangers one step closer to well–paying permanent mining jobs.

"New mining opportunities provide critical jobs for Iron Rangers. We’ve always known the mining of copper and nickel would be an economic boon to our area, and now the release of this EIS confirms that PolyMet is committed to not only bringing well-paying jobs to the area but making sure they protect our environmental assets during the mining process,” Sen. Tomassoni said.

Tomassoni has been a long–time advocate for mining proposals in Minnesota.

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