Development Versions of the PolyMet NorthMet SDEIS
The Lead Agencies released a Preliminary Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (PSDEIS) in May 2013. This complete version is available below. The Lead Agencies have also provided a version showing proposed edits and a “certification review” draft, which is the most recent version available, in response to State Data Practices Act requests.
“Certification Review” October 2013 – Complete Most Recent Draft
“Track Changes” September 2013 – Selected Chapters
The preliminary draft for PolyMet's SDEIS was prepared in May 2013. This document was provided to various members of the public through a State Data Practices Act request.
You can read the complete PSDEIS here:
• Table of contents
• List of tables
• List of figures
• Acronyms and abbreviations
• Executive summary
• EIS development
• Proposed action and alternatives
• Affected environment
• Environmental Consequences
• Cumulative effects
• Comparison of alternatives and other NEPA considerations
• List of preparers and technical documents
• Index (alphabetical)
• Appendix A – comments on the previous DEIS, by theme
Federal, State and Tribal agencies have provided comments on the PSDEIS, identifying concerns about the completeness and objectivity of the analysis and about the environmental risks of the project.
EPA Comments on the Current Version of PolyMet Environmental Review
Read actual EPA August 7, 2013 comments.
WaterLegacy also received draft comments prepared by the EPA on the PSDEIS in response to a State Data Practices Act request in July 2013. These draft EPA comments contained yet a clearer statement of concerns about water quality:
"It appears that the project as proposed and analyzed in the (current EIS draft) may still result in water quality impacts that exceed water quality standards. We also note several areas where the lack of detailed analyses and detailed information on mitigation prevent the document from ruling out other water quality and quantity issues. These issues have been raised with the co-lead agencies numerous times."
Read EPA Draft Comments produced in a Data Practices Act request in July 2013.