The court’s decision is a setback for the proposed copper-nickel mine near Hoyt Lakes, but it’s far from the only potential problem. PolyMet is facing additional litigation, including a case over a water permit that will go before a district court next week.
Twin Metals submitted a plan to regulators Wednesday for a copper-nickel mine on the doorstep of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, formally kicking off what is likely to be a multi-year environmental review process.
The project has garnered national media attention and even become a wedge issue in the presidential campaign. And that was before Twin Metals Minnesota submitted its official operating plan for review.
Identified in the late 19th century, it took the depletion of natural iron ores in Minnesota for low-iron taconite to come to the fore.
The implications of the two projects for the area’s workforce could be “crazy,” said Michelle Ufford, executive director of the Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training.
McCollum got language asking for the study into an appropriations bill that passed the House. Sens. Tina Smith and Amy Klobuchar are supporting a similar measure in the Senate.
In a wide-ranging interview, the DFL governor talked about his support for PolyMet, his skepticism of Glencore, and his questions about Twin Metals, which wants to build a mine just outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
In a major shift, Twin Metals says it plans to store much of the waste from its proposed mine using the “dry stack” method, an emerging technology that some argue is a better strategy for preventing water pollution.
Glencore brings a hefty bankroll, a wealth of experience in the field — and a history of labor issues and pollution problems.
As PolyMet marches toward construction, new questions have emerged about a critical state water permit issued by the MPCA.
Minnesota’s senior senator has long been a champion of the iron industry. Her position on copper-nickel mining, however, remains something of a mystery — to those on both sides of the issue.
The prospect of a copper-nickel mine on the edge of Minnesota’s most famous wilderness area has made it one of the most controversial natural resource projects in the country.
Left out of polls and excluded from some debates, Independence Party candidate Ray “Skip” Sandman insists his campaign is not just a symbolic protest.
Mining is directly responsible for about 0.2 percent of Minnesota’s jobs and less than 3 percent of its economic output.
Economic Vitality in Greater Minnesota
The sector includes companies that make everything from massive conveyor belts to radiators and air coolers to replacement parts for machines that crush ore to special tools used by miners.
For advocates, the decision to end an Obama-ordered environmental study was both predictable and shocking.
The recent negative tenor of public discussion about the status of mining has been disheartening. Without mining, we cannot solve our most serious environmental problems, starting with climate change.
Politics & Policy
Smith’s attempting to walk a fine line on mining in northern Minnesota. Her critics aren’t having it.
PolyMet has worked hard to reduce its estimates of indirect harm to wetlands in its permit application.
Final permit decisions on the PolyMet application are approaching, and for all the celebration of the process by politicians and company promoters here in Minnesota, we have grave concerns.