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EPA botched oversight of permits for PolyMet mine, internal investigation finds


April 22, 2021

Glen Stubbe - Star Tribune

When work begins at PolyMet mine near Hoyt Lakes, Minn., the tailings basin pictured in this file photo will be put back into use.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) botched its oversight of permits for what would be Minnesota's first copper-nickel mine, according to the findings of an internal investigation.

The report from the EPA's inspector general, released Wednesday, describes a flawed review of two permits issued for the $1 billion mine that Toronto-based PolyMet Mining Corp. wants to build near Babbitt and Hoyt Lakes. PolyMet is owned by Swiss mining giant Glencore.

The findings add more regulatory uncertainty to the stalled mine. Many of the permits issued for the mine have been stayed or are under review. And in light of the new EPA review, environmentalists are now calling on Minnesota regulators to revoke the mine's water pollution permit.


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