In review: ‘PolyMet is the precedent’

In this photo taken Feb. 10, 2016, binders of the final environmental statement for the proposed PolyMet mine sit on a table at the company headquarters in Hoyt Lakes, Minn. The Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday, March 3, 2016, that it has approved the final environmental review for Minnesota's first copper-nickel mine.

IRON RANGE — As the dust settles from the Minnesota Court Appeals ruling Monday on three major PolyMet permits for a planned copper-nickel mine, the potential implications of the decision are becoming clear.

Most compelling involve the order to review the entirety of the permit to mine and two dam safety permits through a contested case hearing process, rather than using a trial setting to address specific questions raised in the appeal by several environmental groups.

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