Water Contamination A Major Topic At Mine Hearing

WCCO | CBS Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine’s potential impact on water was a popular subject at Tuesday night’s third and final public hearing on the state’s draft environmental review.

Opponents of the project last week said the review underestimated how much contaminated water could flow from the pit mine, which would be located near Babbitt. Poly Met Mining Corporation also wants to build a processing plant near Hoyt Lakes, both in northeast Minnesota.

The Department of Natural Resources has defended the nearly 2,200-page review, saying the modeling was based on good data, and hundreds of mine supporters who traveled south to St. Paul by bus or car argued Tuesday the project had been thoroughly analyzed.

Ely resort owner and outfitter Joe Baltich also made an appeal to bring jobs, possibly 300 to 360 permanent ones, into the area.

“There’s no doubt that in 2014 that we can…

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