ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Department of Natural Resources has posted a long-awaited environmental review for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota.
The draft document runs about 2,200 pages, including a 56-page executive summary. The release starts a public comment period running through March 13 to give people on all sides a chance to weigh in before the document is finalized. There will be public meetings in Aurora, Duluth and St. Paul.
To help citizens navigate the complex report, the DNR has also posted a number of fact sheets.
PolyMet says it can run the mine near Babbitt and processing plant near Hoyt Lakes without harming the environment. But environmentalists point out that regulators say PolyMet’s wastewater may require treatment for up to 500 years, costing billions of dollars.
The review is available at: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/input/environmentalreview/polymet/index.html