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Study says Northland mining industry jobs are worth more than tourism

With claims by some mining critics that tourism is a more sustainable option than copper mining for the Northland…Mining supporters say the study offers proof that mining and tourism can co-exist but that tourism doesn’t stand up to mining in terms of economic impact.

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PolyMet: Slow and steady progress

Jon Cherry took little time pondering the question and his response. After all, he’s heard the same query repeatedly the last few years…“Obviously we wish it would be going faster,” Cherry said in a recent telephone interview…regarding final permitting work for the PolyMet copper/nickel/precious metals venture near Hoyt Lakes and Babbitt. “But the process is being followed, and it will be very good — the best — when done,” he added.

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Opinion: Outside groups are growing desperate on PolyMet

So here we are again. Environmental groups are set to file lawsuits against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest under the disguise of the Endangered Species Act in a blind attempt to block PolyMet from moving forward with its NorthMet open pit copper-nickel mine. Meanwhile, the future of Iron Range communities hang in the balance of the project’s ultimate success.

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Our view: PolyMet financial assurance will be key

For years, critics and outright opponents of proposed precious-metals mining in northern Minnesota have been clamoring for the number, eager to pounce on it as not enough.

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PolyMet submits application for permit to mine

PolyMet Mining Co. on Thursday submitted its massive application for a state permit to mine, the first ever for a copper mine in Minnesota.

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PolyMet forum outlines permit process

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Tuesday night laid out how it will move ahead with developing the permits needed by PolyMet Mining Co. for what would be the state’s first-ever copper mining operation.

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Our view: Process is working for PolyMet project

The process is working. Just as it’s supposed to be working. Just as intended…Last week, a new plan from PolyMet, a greatly revised and improved plan, was deemed adequate by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. PolyMet showed its operations would meet all federal laws and state regulations, among the toughest in the nation.

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State agency heads nix separate public health impact review for PolyMet copper-nickel mine

State agencies have decided against conducting a public health impact analysis on the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine.

In a memo to Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday, three state agency heads say the final environmental impact statement for the project, released last month, adequately addresses the public health impacts already.

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Forest Service backs land exchange for PolyMet mine site

The U.S. Forest Service has formally backed a proposed land exchange for property where PolyMet wants to build Minnesota’s first copper mine.

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Guest Column: Let’s wrap up PolyMet

After 10 long years, the rigorous approval process for PolyMet’s NorthMet copper, nickel and other precious metals mining project has reached a major milestone: The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) was published this month in the Federal Register.

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A long, careful process toward copper-nickel mine: Pioneer Press editorial

Minnesotans should appreciate the process that is purposefully working its way to a conclusion as the state decides whether to allow copper and nickel mining on the Iron Range.

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PolyMet mine review says project would meet state standards

Minnesota officials on Friday delivered a final environmental review for a proposed copper-nickel mine, saying the project as designed would meet state standards for protecting the environment and human health.

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Our view: Embrace PolyMet’s milestone

Prospectors, mining companies and others long have sniffed around at northern Minnesota’s rich veins of copper, nickel and other precious metals, knowing they were among the richest in the world.

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Dayton tours S.D. mine to aid in PolyMet decision

With looming decisions on the PolyMet mining project on his mind, Gov. Mark Dayton Tuesday traveled to South Dakota to see “a textbook example of how not to do it.”

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Schafer: Despite lower copper prices, PolyMet’s mine still has financial appeal

In the 11 years and counting of the permitting process so far, the prices of copper and other metals have surged and slumped, but they have never declined to the point investors have lost interest in PolyMet’s project.

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Counterpoint: What you need to know about PolyMet and groundwater flows

The changes in modeling that are required to reach the conclusion that the Boundary Waters are threatened do not reflect reality.

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PolyMet CEO: EPA letter positive

The contents of a letter written to regulatory agencies by the US Environmental Protection Agency went largely ignored, except by the Mesabi Daily News.

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Modern mining is no threat to Minnesota

The Animas River disaster has no bearing on the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel site.

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PolyMet Mining and Ducks Unlimited partner for Minnesota wild rice lakes

Ducks Unlimited (DU) announces a partnership with PolyMet Mining that will support DU’s Living Lakes Initiative.

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City votes to support PolyMet

The City of Grand Rapids officially supports the proposed PolyMet mining project near Hoyt Lakes.

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DNR releases more detailed PolyMet timetable

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Monday released a slightly more detailed timetable for the ongoing environmental review and potential permitting process for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine near Hoyt Lakes.

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Proposed PolyMet mine in northeastern Minnesota moves one step closer

State regulators say a preliminary report found no major environmental impacts.

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PolyMet report ready for review

State and federal agencies have finished answering tens of thousands of public comments on the proposed PolyMet copper mine project and have finished writing the massive environmental review document.

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PolyMet EIS takes a big step

The PolyMet preliminary final Environmental Impact Statement has been completed and is now under review of the co-lead and cooperating agencies prior to publication of the final EIS, PolyMet officials reported late Monday afternoon.

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Comment period for SDEIS will end as planned on March 13

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will end the 90-day public comment period as planned on March 13.

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Rep. Nolan strongly supportive of PolyMet

8th District U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan said he is “confident” the PolyMet project will go forward.

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PolyMet supporter says rethink ‘environmental’ mantra

Northeastern Minnesota resident says the jobs and material benefits from the proposed PolyMet project need not be at the expense of environmental stewardship.

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Thousands pack final public hearing for PolyMet copper-nickel mine proposal

Supporters of the PolyMet Mining Corp.’s mining proposal came early and in large numbers to the St. Paul RiverCentre Jan. 28, 2014, for the third public hearing on the proposal.

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Reader’s view: Environmentalists are using dated arguments

Nancy McReady, president of Conservationists with Common Sense, says that we have the technology and regulations to protect our air and water while mining.

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PolyMet proposal: The case in favor

Harry Melander and David Olson, co-founders of Jobs for Minnesotans, explain why they support PolyMet Mining.

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Well-regulated sulfide mining can be done effectively

Rolf Westgard of the Geological Society of America explains why he believes sulfide mining can be done safely and effectively.

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PolyMet mine: Minnesotans don’t need to choose between job growth and the environment

Minnesota Business Partnership Executive Director Charlie Weaver and St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce President Matt Kramer explain why Minnesotans don’t need to choose between job growth and environmental preservation at the PolyMet site.

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Strong PolyMet Support

PolyMet received overwhelming support at the first SDEIS public meeting in Duluth.

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Insist on civility at PolyMet hearings

PolyMet President and CEO Jon Cherry recently sat down with the Duluth News Tribune editorial board to talk about the first public hearing for the PolyMet project, scheduled for Thursday, January 16. Cherry shares his hope that people participate in the public portion of the process and are respectful to all involved.

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Minnesota DNR commissioner addresses PolyMet project permitting on MPR

Minnesota Commissioner Tom Landwehr explains that it is state law to allow for development of mines, that it is unlikely that the DNR will extend the comment period, and that he feels the DNR is compelled to issue a permit if the project proves it can meet all the standards.

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Counterpoint: No Holes in PolyMet Report

Frank Ongaro, executive director of Mining Minnesota, wrote an op-ed response in the Star Tribune. He emphasizes that the SDEIS is not a decision document.

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PolyMet Environmental Review Released

WDIO TV mining reporter Renee Passal reports on the release of the SDEIS. Watch her report.

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PolyMet Applies for Wetland Permit

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has published notice of the PolyMet project in Babbitt and Hoyt Lakes.

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Iron Range One Step Closer to Gaining Hundreds of New Mining Jobs

A press release from the Minnesota Senate announces that with the release of the PolyMet project SDEIS, hundreds of Iron Rangers and their families are one step closer to well-paying permanent mining jobs.

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Rep. Rick Nolan steadfast in support for PolyMet

Although Rock Nolan has ‘caught some hell from friends,’ specifically from fellow Democrats, U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan remains commendably steadfast in his support of precious-metals mining on the Iron Range.”

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What’s Next for PolyMet

A 1,800-page document detailing how a proposed PolyMet copper mine near Hoyt Lakes could affect the environment and how it would comply with state and federal regulations is scheduled to be published in 12 days, on Dec. 6.

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Can copper mining be done safely? Yes: Technology and regulations ensure protection of environment

Frank Ongaro, executive director of Mining Minnesota, explains how our fathers’ and grandfathers’ mistakes made us smarter in so many ways, including about mining.

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Three-week federal government shutdown results in two-week publication delay for PolyMet’s Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Publication of the SDEIS for the PolyMet mining project has been delayed by two weeks due to the recent federal government shutdown.

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Rep. Rick Nolan: “The Range is our home and mining is what we do!”

Rep. Rick Nolan says Rangers appreciate the outdoors and that stresses to friends from out of town that Northeastern Minnesota is home to Rangers.

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Cmsr. Steve Rauker: “Blind opposition to the new minerals…could forego an opportunity to build our communities”

St. Louis County Commissioner Steve Rauker talks about how the PolyMet project will help counter the negative impacts of importing our goods and exporting our pollution.

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One of the largest mineral deposits ever

Several experts say the nonferrous potential embedded in the geologic region makes the Duluth Complex, where PolyMet will mine, one of the largest mineral deposits ever.

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar: “Country was built on the backs of miners”

Sen. Amy Klobuchar says mining is an essential part of the “Made in America” economic agenda that will keep America competitive and the Iron Range thriving for generations to come.

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Reader’s view: We all support mining, and mining supports us

In his Oct. 13 commentary, Joseph Legueri claimed some of those on the Iron Range displaying “We Support Mining” signs are confused about what mining they are supporting. Mary Tome offers clarity.

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Survey backs copper/nickel mining

Mining, in all forms in Minnesota, has strong support, according to a survey commissioned by the Jobs for Minnesotans group.

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Minnesota Senator David Brown’s views on PolyMet’s plans

David Brown, a Republican representative of District 15 in the Minnesota Legislature, toured the Erie plant and wrote an article saying that he thinks environmentalists can agree our Earth is much better off having nickel mined in the U.S., where we have some of the most stringent environmental standards in the world.

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