PolyMet's NorthMet Mining Project

Water Appropriations Permit
PolyMet's NorthMet Mining Project

DNR's Water Appropriation Permit Program exists to balance management objectives that include both development and protection of Minnesota's water resources. Minnesota Law directs the DNR to manage water resources providing for reasonable use while ensuring long-term sustainability and natural resource protection. A water appropriation permit from the DNR is required for all users withdrawing more than 10,000 gallons of water per day or 1 million gallons per year.

PolyMet has submitted their Water Appropriation permit applications for the proposed NorthMet project.

DNR's technical experts have reviewed these applications for any major omissions. On April 14, 2017, PolyMet’s revised applications were sent out for review by technical experts from other units of government having jurisdiction in such matters, as required by MN Rule 6115.0640. DNR also sent the revised permit applications to the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa for review. After DNR completes its full review of the application and considers the input received from the 30-day review period, we will determine whether to proceed with preparing draft water appropriation permits. At a future date, the DNR will seek public review and input on draft permit decisions.

Where are we in the overall permitting process?

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Water Appropriation Permit Applications

Current Applications

Previous Applications

Reference documents

Final Environmental Impact Statement: NorthMet Mining Project and Land Exchange (link to final document webpage) »
Plant Site Water Management Plan v5 (44 MB) PDF »
Mine Site Water Management Plan v5 (41 MB) PDF »
Mine Site Water Modeling Data Package Volume 1 v14 (178 MB) PDF »
Mine Site Hydrologic Investigation Phase 1 RS-02 (5 MB) PDF »
Mine Site Hydrologic Investigation Phase 2 RS-10 (4 MB) PDF »
Hydrologic Investigation Phase 3 RS-10A (3 MB) PDF »
Rock and Overburden Management Plan v8 (101 MB) PDF »
Plant Site Water Modeling Data Package Volume 2 v11 (122 MB) PDF »
Geotechnical Data Package Volume 1 – Flotation Tailings Basin v7 (121 MB) PDF »
Ground Water Profile: Arrowhead Region (1 MB) PDF »
Hydrogeology of Fractured Bedrock in the Vicinity of NorthMet v3 (8 MB) PDF »
St. Louis River Watershed Monitoring and Assessment Report (8 MB) PDF »
Minnesota Comprehensive Water Management Plant Update 2010-2020 (1 MB) PDF »
Source Water Assessment – City of Hoyt Lakes (1 MB) PDF »
Babbitt Drinking Water Supply Management Area (3 MB) PDF »
Source Water Assessment – City of Aurora (1 MB) PDF »
Simple Analytical Equations for Estimating Ground Water Inflow to a Mine Pit – 2000 (1 MB) PDF »
Underdrain Piping Calculations Technical Memorandum – 2013 (8 MB) PDF »