KEYC - Stakes are high in public meetings on PolyMet mine permits

Stakes are high in public meetings on PolyMet mine permits

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By STEVE KARNOWSKI
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Two public meeting this week will give citizens one of their final chances to tell Minnesota officials what they think of the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine.

The events Wednesday in Aurora and Thursday in Duluth are meant to gather feedback on the draft permit to mine and some other key permits that the company needs before it starts digging.

Signs increasingly point to PolyMet winning those approvals before too long, though state officials are still refusing to project any timelines.

So PolyMet supporters bill the meetings as a chance to bring the long process to the finish line. The project's environmentalist critics acknowledge the stakes are high. Both sides are planning rallies outside the Duluth event, and the Department of Natural Resources is preparing for large crowds.

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