State and federal agencies have published the Final Environmental Impact Statement, the state has completed its environmental review process and released draft permits, the administrative land exchange between the company and U.S. Forest Service closed June 28, 2018, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to prepare its Final Record of Decision on the FEIS.
We await final decisions on the draft permits, and are preparing project implementation and financing plans. These accomplishments place us on track to be the first to commercially mine copper, nickel and precious metals in Minnesota.
Here’s a brief summary of our recent progress:
Environmental Review and Land Exchange
The Forest Service issued its Final Record of Decision January 9, 2017 on the Final Environmental Impact Statement and land exchange, concluding the land exchange was in the best public interest. Subsequently, the Forest Service and PolyMet traded titles to the federal and private lands on June 28, 2018, closing the administrative transaction. View the decision.
Final Environmental Impact Statement. The state of Minnesota, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers published the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the NorthMet Mining Project and Land Exchange November 6, 2015. View the Final EIS.
State Adequacy Decision. The State of Minnesota validated the Final Environmental Impact Statement when it issued its Adequacy Decision on March 3, 2016, stating that the NorthMet Project, as designed, is capable of meeting all applicable state and federal environmental standards. The decision marked the completion of the environmental review process for the state and paved the way for the company to seek construction and operating permits. Read the state’s decision.