Iron Range lawmakers respond to PolyMet letter

PolyMet is reusing and reclaiming the former LTV Steel Mining site near Hoyt Lakes.

The numerous legal, rhetorical and legislative probes into how the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency interacted with comments from their counterparts at the federal EPA are being hyped as the impenetrable proof that PolyMet’s permits are somehow illegitimate. Project critics — who have opposed the mine every step of the way during its decade-plus environmental review process — see this as a turning point to hit the reset button on the whole thing.

They might want to temper their expectations. Barring something not only unforeseen, but totally negligent of former Gov. Mark Dayton and his administration, only the hands of time delaying this project will turn as the active investigations unfold.

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