ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Poly Met Mining, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of PolyMet Mining Corp. (together “PolyMet” or the “company”) TSX: POM; NYSE American: PLM, reports the Minnesota State Supreme Court today declined to hear a petition for review by environmental groups to a lower court decision regarding the state’s nonferrous mining rules.
Environmental groups had petitioned the high court for review of a unanimous August 5, 2019 state Court of Appeals decision that upheld nonferrous mining rules administered by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
“The state has some of the strictest environmental regulations in the country, and we’ve proven that we can meet those standards,” said Jon Cherry, president and CEO. “We are very pleased with this outcome.”
The Court of Appeals ruling covered an appeal filed in late 2018 seeking a declaration that the MDNR’s nonferrous mining rules are invalid. The Court of Appeals ruling and subsequent denial for review by the state Supreme Court means the decision stands.
Groups filing the petition were The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, Duluth for Clean Water, Friends of the Cloquet Valley State Forest, Save Lake Superior Association, Save our Sky Blue Waters, and Center for Biological Diversity.
PolyMet Mining Corp. (www.polymetmining.com) is a publicly traded mine development company that owns 100 percent of Poly Met Mining, Inc., a Minnesota corporation that controls 100 percent of the NorthMet copper-nickel-precious metals ore body through a long-term lease, and owns 100 percent of the former LTV Steel Mining Company processing facility, located approximately seven rail miles from the ore body in the established mining district of the Mesabi Iron Range in northeastern Minnesota. Poly Met Mining, Inc. has completed its Definitive Feasibility Study and received key permits necessary to construct and operate the NorthMet Project. NorthMet is expected to require approximately two million hours of construction labor, create approximately 360 long-term jobs directly, and generate a level of activity that will have a significant multiplier effect in the local economy.
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