Senator Simonson Pleased With Fair, Thoughtful Process Used by DNR to Issue New PolyMet Permits

Senator Erik Simonson (DFL-Duluth) today thanked the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for following a fair, thorough and thoughtful permitting process for Poly Met Mining, Inc.’s (PolyMet’s) proposed NorthMet mining project in northeast Minnesota.

“Fourteen years of due diligence involving extensive public comment and environmental analysis concluded today with the issuance of DNR permits required for PolyMet to proceed with its NorthMet project,” said Sen. Simonson. “This is the most heavily scrutinized and vetted project of its nature in state history. As a condition of the DNR permits, PolyMet is establishing a comprehensive financial assurance program to protect taxpayers from liabilities. As I’ve always said, job creation and environmental protection is not an either/or proposition – we can absolutely do both.”

According to the DNR, the NorthMet project still requires water and air quality permits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and a wetlands permit from the Army Corps of Engineers, in addition to other local permits and approvals.

More information about the DNR’s decision to issue permits for the project is available here.


Erik Simonson represents District 7 in northeastern Minnesota.

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