PolyMet mine project goes 'boom'
April 30, 2021
The Minnesota Supreme Court upheld a decision reversing a critical mining permit for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, in what was hailed as a win by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and environmentalists in their long-running battle over the $1 billion project.
The high court’s decision on April 28 affirmed the Minnesota Court of Appeals’ decision that the permit should not have been issued without further review.
“In layman’s terms, the PolyMet permit to mine just went boom,” said Paula Maccabee, an attorney for WaterLegacy, one of the groups fighting the project. “It was overturned and it starts over.”