As you likely know, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has scheduled a Preapplication Public Information Meeting for the PolyMet Mining project. Here are details of the meeting:
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
What to know: This meeting is required by the state before PolyMet can begin submitting applications for permits to build and operate the mine. The company is prepared to begin submitting applications to the state after this meeting, however, the timeline for submitting and obtaining permits will be different for each permit. We will be applying for more than 20 permits over the course of the next few months. Some permits could take as little as 60 days to obtain and others could take several months. We expect to receive different permits at different times from different agencies.
What to expect: The DNR will conduct a brief, formal presentation at 6:30 p.m. Along with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the DNR will address questions and concerns in an open-house format throughout the evening.
PolyMet representatives will also be there, answering questions and sharing information about the project during the open house. Our information will focus on our ongoing efforts to set the standard for responsible mineral development in northeastern Minnesota.
What not to expect: This meeting is not an opportunity for formal testimony or public comment. Those opportunities will come during the permitting process.
What you can do: Please show your support by attending the meeting. We also invite you to share this blog post with others and encourage them to attend.
What this means: This meeting is another positive step for our state, the mining industry and PolyMet. The meeting follows the state’s validation of the exhaustive environmental review for the project, which demonstrates that PolyMet can operate in Minnesota in a way that meets strict environmental standards to protect our water and other natural resources.
Learn more about the Preapplication Meeting: