DNR releases draft PolyMet permit, proposal unpopular with Minnesotans

ST. PAUL – Today, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources published a draft permit to mine based on PolyMet Mining’s application and published a draft set of permit conditions. This initiates a public objection period on the draft permit that ends on March 6, 2018. The permit to mine is a central permit required for PolyMet to operate a copper-nickel sulfide mine in Minnesota, and would be the first such permit issued in Minnesota history.

Mining Truth released polling today conducted in December 2017 by Public Policy Polling showing a plurality of Minnesota voters oppose PolyMet’s proposed copper-nickel mine (the polling questions and crosstabs are attached). Kathryn Hoffman, Chief Executive Officer of the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy released the following statement:

PolyMet’s sulfide mine proposal is unpopular with Minnesotans already – recent polling shows more Minnesotans oppose than support PolyMet’s proposal. This critical permit decision will have impacts for centuries. PolyMet has made lofty promises to treat polluted water for hundreds of years, prevent taxpayers from being stuck with a $1 billion cleanup bill, and to meet or exceed industry best practices. Will PolyMet meet their promises to Minnesotans or will they break them? Our team of scientists, engineers, lawyers, and water quality experts will find out and share that information with Minnesotans.

Mining Truth is a coalition of Conservation Minnesota, Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, and the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy. Mining Truth was formed in 2012 to provide a resource for Minnesotans to get the facts about sulfide mining and its long-lasting impacts.

MORE INFO: For more information on the campaign, or to set up an interview with any of the leaders of Mining Truth, please contact:

Nate Dybvig at 651.230.3018 or nate@conservationminnesota.org,

David Gonnerman at 507.302.8769 or david@friends-bwca.org, or

Aaron Klemz at 651.287.4872 or aklemz@mncenter.org