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.
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.
It’s an argument that has become popular among supporters of the Twin Metals and PolyMet projects. Yet the clean energy case for copper-nickel mining hasn’t exactly won over skeptics in Minnesota.
Dry stacking of mine waste is not a panacea. Look at the other mines that employ it and see how successful they are at protecting the environment.
“We really don’t care if you’re Republican or Democrat,” said Mike Syversrud, president of the Iron Range Building and Construction Trades Council. “We want people who will support local union jobs and creating more local jobs for everybody.”
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.
While the auditor’s findings could spark legislative action, the office is “not reviewing whether PolyMet should occur or not.”
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.
Mining is directly responsible for about 0.2 percent of Minnesota’s jobs and less than 3 percent of its economic output.
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Smith’s attempting to walk a fine line on mining in northern Minnesota. Her critics aren’t having it.
Economic Vitality in Greater Minnesota
“I love this job,” Swift County Monitor-News publisher Reed Anfinson said in his office in Benson. “What I worry about is what replaces me.”
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Despite pushback from Republicans, industry and ag groups, conservationists say Dayton has positioned himself to be the most effective governor on environmental issues in 40 years.
A discussion with Kathleen Schuler, a member of the Minnesota Public Health Association’s Policy and Advocacy Committee, who is calling for a formal health risk assessment of the proposed PolyMet mine.