Former EPA official: Minnesota regulators wanted PolyMet critiques kept out of public comment to avoid ‘press’-
Kevin Pierard, who oversaw the permit at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said state officials asked him to submit concerns after a public comment period because, among other things, the critique would “create a good deal of press.”00
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Hearing puts Minnesota agency under scrutiny over PolyMet mine permit-
Ramsey County Chief Judge John Guthmann is opening a fact-finding hearing into allegations that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency improperly tried to suppress serious concerns by the federal Environmental Protection Agency about the PolyMet mine’s risks to clean water.
Minnesota court rejects major permits for PolyMet mine-
Environmentalists celebrated the decision, while PolyMet said it would consider taking the case to the Minnesota Supreme Court and the DNR said it was considering its options.
PolyMet opponents ask appeals court to overturn mine permits-
Opponents of the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine urged the Minnesota Court of Appeals on Oct. 23 to cancel the project’s permit to mine and dam safety permit and order further proceedings to determine whether the mine’s environmental and financial safeguards are adequate.
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Minnesota appeals court blocks water quality permit for PolyMet mine-
The proposed mine, which would be Minnesota’s first copper-nickel mine, has had a permit stayed due to potential unaddressed environmental concerns.
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Mine opponents to ask Minnesota Supreme Court to void permit-
The Minnesota Supreme Court will hear arguments on an attempt by environmental groups to cancel a key permit for a long-stalled copper-nickel mine.
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Indiana might be changing its tone toward wind energy-
When it comes to a more positive view of wind energy, young people are leading the way.
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Feds issue draft assessment that could doom Minnesota mine-
“The proposed mineral withdrawal aims to prevent further negative environmental impacts from future mining operations.”