PolyMet Mining Company Applies for Minnesota State Permits
The PolyMet NorthMet sulfide
mine would need more than 20 permits from Minnesota State agencies – primarily from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) – prior to constructing PolyMet’s proposed open-pit copper-nickel mine, processing plant, tailings waste storage facility and hydrometallurgical waste storage facility.
PolyMet’s permit applications will require the MDNR to review PolyMet’s plans to construct dams to contain waste in permanent rock piles and saturated tailings heaps; appropriate more than 5 billion gallons per year of Minnesota water, and destroy or impair thousands of acres of wetlands. The MDNR will also review PolyMet’s plans to treat wastewater that will be polluted for hundreds of years and to provide financial assurance for costs of treatment, reclamation and potential clean-up of damage and spills.
PolyMet’s permit applications will require the MPCA – and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – to review PolyMet’s plans to pollute Minnesota’s wetlands, lakes, rivers, drinking water and to emit air pollutants at both the mine and processing facility.
The process for permit review and hearings has not yet been determined, although the MDNR has said in their preliminary permitting timeline that there will be a public comment period and public meetings on major MDNR permits.
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PolyMet NorthMet Project Permit Applications to Date
NPDES/SDS Water Quality Permit Application, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, July 11, 2016
Clean Water Act Section 401 Certifcation Reinitiation Letter, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, August 2, 2016
Part 70 (Title V) Air Quality Permit Application, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, August 24, 2016
Water Appropriation Permit, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, July 11, 2016
Dam Safety Permit, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, July 11, 2016