Twin Metals leases vetoed, review begins of mineral withdrawal near BWCA

The Department of Interior announced today that they were denying Twin Metals Minnesota’s application to extend two mineral leases issued in 1966 and beginning a process to determine if federal mineral rights in the Boundary Waters watershed should be withdrawn from leasing. This action follows a thirty day comment period in which over 70,000 people […]

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PolyMet permit application provides pile of new documents, but few new answers

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA — Today, PolyMet submitted an application for a “permit to mine” to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. In response, Mining Truth issued the following statement: “As we are still reading over the thousands of pages of application and supporting documents, it’s impossible to provide a comprehensive view of what this application […]

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PolyMet’s Permit Applications Demonstrate Risk to Minnesota Waters

“If the best they can propose is to re-use a 40-year old tailings dam that everyone involved agrees is already leaking, it may be time to take a hard look in the mirror and ask if this type of mining is really right for Minnesota.”

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“Deeply concerned” Forest Service opens public input period on Twin Metals

Last week, the U.S. Forest Service stated it was “deeply concerned” about the inherent environmental risk from sulfide mining next the Boundary Waters Wilderness and announced a thirty day public period on its decision whether to veto the extension of two expired federal mineral leases held by Twin Metals Minnesota. This is a major development in […]

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Gov. Dayton: “Strong Opposition” to Sulfide Mine Near BWCA

Monday, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton announced his “strong opposition to mining in close proximity to the [Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness]” in a letter sent to Twin Metals Minnesota Chief Operating Office Ian Duckworth. Governor Dayton had earlier instructed the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to not allow Twin Metals to access state land […]

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PolyMet EIS not “adequate,” fails to address key problems

The following is a statement from Mining Truth in response to today’s DNR adequacy finding on the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed PolyMet mine in northern Minnesota. “While proponents of sulfide mining may describe today’s decision as being a milestone, in reality this document fails to live up to the rating of […]

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EPA Comment on PolyMet Notes Gaps, Additional Work Needed

MINNEAPOLIS – A quick read of the cover letter the Environmental Protection Agency released yesterday with its thoughts on the PolyMet Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) would appear to show a federal agency warming to the idea of authorizing the state’s first ever sulfide mine. But the four pages of detailed comments attached to the […]

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30,000 comments on PolyMet leads to one week extension

After receiving over 30,000 public comments in thirty days, the Minnesota DNR has decided to extend the public input period for PolyMet’s final environmental impact statement by one week. The new deadline for public objections and comments is Monday, December 21 at 4:30 PM. The number of public comments shows the level of concern about […]

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PolyMet “Final EIS” released

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that it plans to release the “final environmental impact statement” for the PolyMet sulfide mine proposal on Friday afternoon at 12:30 PM. A press conference is scheduled to discuss to the release at 1:30 PM. The DNR plans to release the environmental study on its website, and […]

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Dayton’s tour of mines heads to Michigan

Friday, Governor Dayton will visit his second mine as he looks at examples of sulfide mining in nearby states. On Tuesday, Governor Dayton flew to South Dakota to view the cleanup activities at the Gilt Edge Superfund site near Lead. His trip Friday is to the Eagle Mine near Marquette, Michigan. Through May 2015, the […]

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