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Marshall Helmberger On the Latest News on the Polymet Project

Marshall touches on some of the big regional stories this week - including proposed copper nickel mining near Hoyt Lakes, a study on forest disturbance in northern MN and the Ely Marathon. 

A three-judge panel of the Minnesota Court of Appeals has issued a temporary stay of two more permits for PolyMet Mining’s planned NorthMet copper-nickel mine near Hoyt Lakes. The stay, issued late last Wednesday, Sept. 18, puts PolyMet’s permit to mine and dam safety permit on hold until a three-judge panel of the court can hear further arguments on the need for a stay pending further legal proceedings. Those oral arguments are set for Oct. 23.
A federal probe that began earlier this year with questions over the handling of the permitting process for PolyMet Mining is being expanded nationwide. The announcement, made Sept. 5 by the U.S. EPA’s Office of Inspector General, suggests preliminary findings in the PolyMet case have raised alarms with federal investigators.

Heidi Holtan is KAXE's Director of Content and Public Affairs where she manages producers and is the local host of Morning Edition from NPR. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North.