PolyMet

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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.

Rob Levine/Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
Rob Levine/Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy

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Many crucial decisions on PolyMet’s mining proposal will be coming out of the courts throughout January 2020. JT Haines, from The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA), bring us up to speed on the decisions and what they could mean.

Duluth For Clean Water

The controversy over the proposed Polymet mine is heated, to say the least.  It's often framed (among other things) as jobs v. the environment or the Iron Range v. the Twin Cities.

But in the middle - geographically and, to an extent, philosophically - is Duluth and Duluth for Clean Water. 

John Doberstein

One of Duluth's newest non-profits made a splash last Saturday night, holding a fact-based panel discussion with top-tier speakers about the proposed PolyMet mine -- and following it up with a social hour and live music.

Cariboo Ranger District

The group Mining Truth's new ad is aimed squarely at Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton.  Aaron Klemz, a spokesman for the group, says the governor is ultimately the decision maker when it comes to Polymet's proposed sulfide mine.  Even so, Klemz says he hasn't given up on the idea that the public can have a voice in the outcome.