Vice President, Environmental Affairs
Christie Kearney joined PolyMet Mining in 2016 and was instrumental in the NorthMet Project becoming fully permitted. As vice president of environmental affairs, Christie leads permitting and on-site environmental compliance activities. As a member of the senior leadership team, she contributes to the overall strategic direction of the company.
A second-generation miner and native Iron Ranger, Christie has nearly 25 years’ experience in environmental review, permitting, and civil and environmental engineering across the Midwest and Alaska. She spent most of her career in consulting, including 10 years on PolyMet’s environmental review and water management design. In her previous employment with Barr Engineering, the Alaska Railroad and HDR Engineering, she worked on a variety of projects including mining, pipelines, wind farms, railroads and fiber optics.
Christie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science and Master ofcience degree in civil engineering, both from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and is a licensed professional engineer.