PolyMet's NorthMet Mining Project

Permit to Mine
Preapplication Public Informational Meeting
PolyMet's NorthMet Mining Project

Preapplication Public Informational Meeting

On April 19, 2016 the DNR hosted a public informational meeting, as required before PolyMet can apply for a Permit to Mine. At the meeting, the DNR gave an overview of the proposed mining project and the process for reviewing a nonferrous Permit to Mine application.

Please see the Minnesota Rules, section 6132.1100, for more information on the steps an applicant needs to fulfill before submitting an application, as well as what an application should contain.

The meeting took place on Tuesday April 19, 2016, at the Mesabi East High School in Aurora, MN.

A formal presentation was given by the Director of the DNR's Lands and Minerals Division at 6:30, and an open house was held throughout the meeting from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.



Meeting summary

The meeting is: The meeting is not:
The meeting includes a DNR presentation to provide an overview of the proposed mining project and the permit to mine process. The meeting is not an opportunity to review or discuss permit applications. Project permit applications have not yet been submitted.
The meeting provides a brief summary of the other state permits that may be required for the project. The meeting is not an opportunity to offer formal public comment on permits, there will be future opportunities to both obtain information about the applications and review and comment on draft permits.
The meeting is an open house style opportunity to ask questions to State agency staff and PolyMet representatives about the permit to mine process and other permit processes. The meeting is not a venue for commenting on the Environmental Review process or on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).


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Is there a permit to mine application to review?

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