Minn. copper mine review to be made public in Nov.

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A long-awaited revised environmental review of a proposed copper mine in northeastern Minnesota will be released Nov. 22.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced the date Friday.

The proposed PolyMet mine would be the first copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. The 1,800-page Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement has been years in the making.

The mining project has been substantially reworked since the original version in 2009 to meet concerns of regulatory agencies.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rejected the original environmental impact statement in 2010 as inadequate.

The new version originally was expected to be made public this summer. But the Duluth News Tribune (http://bit.ly/16oXbbi) reports a DNR official says the release is several months behind schedule because “of some really good comments that came in” from other agencies.

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Information from: Duluth News Tribune, http://www.duluthnewstribune.com

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