DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar wrote a letter to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources urging the agency to support the Polymet mine proposal in northeastern Minnesota. Here are two portions of the letter:
"PolyMet has earned my support from the outset because of its responsible, innovative approach to nonferrous mining and processing; the DEIS does an excellent job of describing the many steps PolyMet will take to minimize environmental impacts..."
"...Over 100 years ago, Minnesotans began mining natural ore and then used ingenuity and determination to extend our mining and processing capabilities to include taconite. Responsible, non-ferrous mining represents the next chapter in the evolution of the Iron Range; it is time to begin this new era..."
Oberstar's letter comes on the same day that the DNR has a public meeting scheduled in Aurora. Another meeting is scheduled for Thursday in Blaine (see release here). You can read the DNR's Environmental Impact Statement on the project here.
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