A comprehensive environmental analysis of Minnesota’s first proposed copper-nickel mine has been released for public review. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input on the adequacy on the Final EIS.
Review the Final EIS
There are copies available for public review at several locations. Limited paper copy versions and CDs are also available.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and its federal agency Co-leads have issued a short list of corrections (i.e., errata) for the Final EIS. The corrections are routine and minor in nature. They relate to references in the Final EIS and do not alter the analysis presented in the Final EIS in any way. One reference was incorrectly cited in the Final EIS and two reference documents were inadvertently left off the master reference list and were not included in the reference documents we distributed. The errata corrects the reference, updates the master reference list and includes the two reference documents. The citations and reference materials are part of how the Co-lead Agencies have substantiated their FEIS analysis. Thus we are providing the public with this short list of corrected information about the documents on which that analysis is based.
Comment on adequacy of Final EIS
The review period for the Final EIS has closed. Mailed comments postmarked Dec. 21, 2015 will be accepted.
U.S. Forest Service (USFS)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
Read about the 2009 Draft EIS and 2013 Supplemental Draft EIS.
The NorthMet Project would create an open pit copper, nickel, cobalt and precious metals mine with adjacent stockpile areas; refurbish a portion of the former LTV Steel Mining Company (LTVSMC) processing plant and construct a new hydrometallurgical facility at the plant site; construct a new tailings basin facility on the site of LTVSMC tailings facilities; and add to existing utility infrastructure and rail lines. The Land Exchange would consist of USFS conveyance of Superior National Forest Lands encompassing the NorthMet mine site and surrounding lands to PolyMet, and USFS acquisition from PolyMet of up to five tracts of private lands within the Superior National Forest proclamation boundary.
We've prepared the following Fact Sheets (downloadable PDFs) to assist you in the review of the Final EIS.
EIS Process Information
Final EIS Information