Hundreds turn up for 1st forum on PolyMet project

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Hundreds of people are packing a public forum on a proposed copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota.

An estimated 1,500 people turned out in Duluth Thursday night for the first of three forums on PolyMet Mining Corp.’s proposed open-pit mine near Babbitt.

The Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1dza9uS ) reports people started streaming into the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center before 5 p.m. No signs were allowed, but most sported stickers that said either “I support jobs,” or “Who Pays for Pollution?”

Environmental groups say copper-nickel mining carries unacceptable risks for the St. Louis River watershed and Lake Superior. But supporters hope PolyMet signals the return of high-paying jobs to Minnesota’s Iron Range.

Similar meetings are scheduled for Aurora on Jan. 22 and St. Paul on Jan. 28.

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Online:

DNR PolyMet site: http://www.mndnr.gov/polymet

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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