Today, the PolyMet project took a key step forward.

We submitted applications to state regulatory agencies for water-related permits required to build and operate the NorthMet copper-nickel-precious metals project. What this means: We’re another step closer to building the mine and bringing hundreds of much-needed new jobs to northeast Minnesota.

The permit applications submitted today include:

  • Water quality permit to establish the terms and conditions that must be met, including monitoring, when a facility discharges to surface or groundwater of the state.
  • Water use permit needed for withdrawing or using water from a surface or groundwater source for the project.
  • Dam safety permits that outline the design, construction, and operating parameters to ensure long-term safe and stable operations of facilities with water impoundments, such as the tailings basin.

We carefully prepared the permit applications to align with the state-approved Final Environmental Impact Statement, so agencies can most efficiently process the applications.

What’s next

  • State agencies will now review the applications to ensure they are complete and then communicate how the process to finalize those permits will unfold. See updates on this state website.
  • All the permits that we’ll seek from the state are important, yet the major permits are associated with air and water quality, tailings basin safety, and the Permit to Mine, which contains provisions for financial assurance.
    • We expect to submit applications for all these major permits and the Permit to Mine this summer.
  • We must also obtain a federal wetlands permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is already in progress.

Stay in the know

The state maintains this website where it posts the applications, status and a general process timeline for each (once determined). You can sign up there to receive email updates from the state on the project.

We’ll keep you posted on other developments as we continue to move forward. Thank you again for your patient, loyal support for this new generation of responsible mining and good-paying jobs in Minnesota.

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