ST. PAUL, MN – On Thursday, December 20, the final state permits for the construction and operation of PolyMet’s copper-nickel mining project in northeastern Minnesota were approved by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The permits issued today were the water and air quality permits as well as the Section 401 wetland certification.
Rep. Sandy Layman (R-Cohasset), who has been a strong advocate for the project from its inception 14 years ago, released the following statement in response to the announcement.
“Today’s decision to grant the final state permits for PolyMet, who will bring new life to the former LTV mining site in northeastern Minnesota, is exciting news for our communities and the entire state of Minnesota,” said Rep. Layman. “Copper-nickel mining in our area will create countless good-paying jobs, and today’s announcement brings us one step closer to the economic surge that this project represents. Responsible mining can deliver a bright economic future for Minnesota, and I will continue to advocate for the environmentally-sound development of our state’s natural resources.”