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39,000 comments to Minnesota DNR on PolyMet Mine

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On last day of PolyMet mine public comment period, Matt Anderson of Audubon MN says DNR has received 39,000 comments. Photo by Tim Blotz / FOX 9 News On last day of PolyMet mine public comment period, Matt Anderson of Audubon MN says DNR has received 39,000 comments. Photo by Tim Blotz / FOX 9 News
ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

The Minnesota DNR has received 39,000 public comments on the environmental impact statement of the proposed PolyMet copper and nickel mine. Thursday marked the last day of the public comment period.

If approved, the PolyMet mine would be located in Babbitt, Minn., and the processing plant would be near Hoyt Lakes, Minn.

The mine would be the first of its kind in the state, and critics have been vocal about the record of mining companies that have left bankruptcies and environmental devastation behind in other areas.

Environmental advocates are concerned because the metals are chemically bound in sulfide minerals that can produce acids and other pollutants that can damage water supplies and the ecosystem of the nearby Superior National Forest.

Supporters say the mine will bring jobs to the area. PolyMet Mining estimates at least 360 positions would open at the mine itself, and another 600 indirect jobs would also follow.

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