"All of these decisions have been made behind closed doors": MN Supreme Court to rule on hearing

Oct 14, 2020

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Now it's in the hands of the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Yesterday, the court heard arguments from PolyMet and the Minnesota DNR on one side; and the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and a variety of other environmental protection groups on the other.

At issue is the "contested case hearing" that the state Court of Appeals ordered in January, offering the public its first opportunity for a full, fact-based look at the PolyMet proposal.  The MCEA's Northern Minnesota advocate, J.T. Haines, thinks the public has lost faith in the MN DNR and MPCA and he's hoping the court will green-light the hearing once again so the public can hear and see all the information, experts, and witnesses that all sides have used to inform their decisions.

You can access the Minnesota Supreme Court's archived webcast of the full argument here.

MCEA attorneys talked about the hearing yesterday, and you can watch that discussion here.