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Appeals court strips Polymet permits


January 17, 2020

Mike Creger

Representatives from Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Center for Biological Diversity, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, and WaterLegacy gathered Monday afternoon at the Central Hillside Community Center in Duluth to offer reactions to the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruling earlier in the morning overturning three permits issued to the Polymet mining project. JT Haines spoke at the podium after comments from the representatives, including (from far left) Fond du Lac chairman Kevin Dupuis, and Tribal Council Brookston Rep. Roger Smith.

The Minnesota Court of Appeals dealt a blow to the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine Monday, overturning three key state permits that had been issued to the project - and requiring the state to conduct a hearing before it works to reissue those permits.

In one of several legal challenges to the proposed northern Minnesota mine, eight different groups had asked the court to overturn a permit to mine and two dam safety permits that were among several the state Department of Natural Resources granted to PolyMet in November of 2018.

While the decision doesn't completely stop the project, it w...

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