ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The third and final public hearing on the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine has drawn a large crowd in St. Paul.
Minnesota Public Radio (http://bit.ly/1gowPBR ) reports more than 1,000 people turned out Tuesday to the St. Paul RiverCentre to listen to opinions on the draft environmental review. PolyMet Mining Corp. has proposed a mine near Babbitt and a processing plant near Hoyt Lakes, both in northeast Minnesota.
The two previous hearings, in Duluth and Aurora, drew about 2,000 people combined.
Last week, opponents of the project said the state's review underestimated how much contaminated water could flow from the mine. The Department of Natural Resources defended the nearly 2,200-page review and said the modeling was based on good data.
Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mprnews.org