Rep. Dale Lueck, R-Aitkin, vice chairman of the House Mining and Outdoor Recreation Policy Committee, issued the following statement regarding the release of the final Environmental Impact Statement on PolyMet Mining Inc.'s proposed NorthMet mine project in northeastern Minnesota. The process was a collaborative effort by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
"This is another major accomplishment in the process of satisfying regulatory requirements during the permitting process for mining," Lueck said. "Due diligence has been conducted and I'm confident the data will show we can proceed in a safe, sensible, environmentally responsible manner. Now it is time to move forward without further delay. Those of us who live in northern Minnesota know how much these new mining jobs with good pay would mean to our local families and our economy."