Judge Mostly OKs Regulators’ Handling of Mine Water Permit
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- A judge says the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency did not deviate from most of its procedures when it issued a key water quality permit for the proposed PolyMet mine project.
The ruling by Chief Ramsey County District Court Judge John Guthmann is a victory for supporters of the state’s first copper-nickel mine and the agency. Mine opponents accused the agency of “procedural irregularities” in how it developed and approved the water permit needed to build the $1 billion mine on the Iron Range.
Guthmann’s report now goes to the Minnesota Court of Appeals. It's considering lawsuits filed by environmental groups and the Fond du Lac band.