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PolyMet to Appeal Recent Decision on Permits

PolyMet will appeal the recent court decision to reverse some of their permits. PolyMet will appeal the recent court decision to reverse some of their permits. |  Photo: WDIO FILE

Updated: January 16, 2020 10:26 AM

Three days after a decision from the Minnesota Court of Appeals sent permits back to the DNR, PolyMet Mining announced they are going to appeal that decision.

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The company will file a petition for review to the Minnesota Supreme Court, seeking to overturn the decision that was handed down on Monday. The decision also called for a contested case hearing, which environmental groups had been pushing for, for years.

"No other company in the history of the state has been subjected to anywhere near the time and cost that was associated with this permitting process. We did everything the state and the law required, and more. And the process confirmed that our project will be protective of human health and the environment," Jon Cherry, CEO, said in a statement.

He went on to say, "The court's decision greatly diminishes the role of expert state agencies and their commissioners in permitting in favor of administrative law judges. It sets a precedent that subjects the project and any future industrial project in the state to an endless loop of review, contested case hearings, and appeals."

Jobs for Minnesotans put out a statement. "Jobs for Minnesotans firmly stands behind PolyMet's decision to appeal the Minnesota Court of Appeals rulings on the NorthMet project's permits to the Minnesota Supreme Court. We believe this project should move forward and the more than 10 years of extensive and thorough environmental review by state and federal agencies should be upheld. The rulings from earlier this week will have a much larger impact than just to the PolyMet project, but will create a ripple effect for any future project from responsible industries looking to do business in the State of Minnesota. The message this decision sends to the Northeastern Minnesotas communities, businesses across the state and the impact on the state's economy long-term warrants the Minnesota Supreme Court's close attention."

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