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Executive Council Considers DNR Mineral Leases Request

Protesting Polymet Mining in Duluth

At 3 p.m. today Minnesota’s Executive Council, including Governor Mark Dayton, Attorney General Lori Swanson, and other elected officials, will meet to consider the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ request to approve issuance of 77 non-ferrous metallic minerals leases. Continue Reading →

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EPA’s Ken Westlake Explains Very Negative Environmental Rating For Polymet Mine Project

One more Polymet mine witness–Ken Westlake from the EPA. By Craig Stellmacher

Did 12 hours of Senate Environmental Committee Hearing help progress in the Polymet Mine Project?  If you’re a booster–this progress must seem glacial.  This plan was studied for years with $20 million dollars, while out of work miners, and businesses on the Iron Range agonize over the beaurocracy and lawmakers that question the project.  At the start of the hearings, Senator Jim Carlson’s financial assurance bill requiring mining companies to pay for any environmental cleanup from the mines was before the Senate last week. Continue Reading →

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