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Minnesota DNR rejects clean water group’s request for additional PolyMet environmental review

Plus: Postal Service employee charged with firing shotgun at Minneapolis Federal Reserve building; Radinovich responds to unpaid-parking-ticket controversy; optimism about moving spent nuclear fuel out of Minnesota; and more.

The PolyMet-NorthMet FEIS

No new PolyMet environmental review. The AP reports (via MPR): “The Department of Natural Resources has rejected a clean water group’s petition for an additional environmental review of the PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. … WaterLegacy argued in its request last month that critical details of the plan have changed so much since the final review was approved in 2016 that a supplemental environmental impact statement is needed. WaterLegacy also questioned PolyMet’s ability to cover cleanup costs. … The DNR this week rejected those arguments.

Lucky no one was hurt. The Star Tribune’s Libor Jany reports:A Postal Service employee armed with a 12-gauge shotgun stood on the roof of a downtown Minneapolis parking ramp and fired several shots at the occupied Federal Reserve Bank building last month, causing $40,000 in damage, according to a criminal filing. … The July 21 incident may have been ideologically motivated, prosecutors say. … Christopher D. Wood, 43, went to the top of the Minneapolis Central Post Office’s ramp at 100 1st St. S. after his shift ended and fired three shotgun slugs at the Reserve building across the street, which ‘punched through fascia, broke windows, smashed through interior walls,’ before landing in office space, the filing said. Damage was estimated at $40,242.”

“Ticket-gate?” Can you not? The Duluth News Tribune’s Brady Slater reports:Dogged by a 15-year history of parking tickets mixed with a smattering of moving violations, Joe Radinovich attempted to put to bed a ticket-gate controversy Thursday. Radinovich’s comments came roughly one week after an outside super-PAC, or political action group, made an issue out of his roughly 30 infractions as an adult driver. … ‘I reject that they’re a character issue,’ said Radinovich, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate in the race for the open seat in the 8th Congressional District.”

Gently used nuclear waste seeking caring home. The West Central Tribune’s Michael Brun reports: “Federal lawmakers voiced optimism Thursday, Aug. 23, about progress toward relocating the country’s radioactive waste to a permanent repository, though the community living closest to spent nuclear fuel in Minnesota has its doubts. … ‘Until we actually see it start moving, we won’t be 100 percent optimistic,’ Prairie Island Tribal Council President Shelley Buck said about the more than two dozen dry storage casks holding spent nuclear fuel at Xcel Energy’s Prairie Island nuclear plant. The waste has been building up for years a few hundred yards away from the Prairie Island Indian Community.”

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