Final PolyMet Wetlands Permit Approved
The contentious PolyMet copper-nickel mine development planned near Hoyt Lakes in northern Minnesota has received its final wetlands permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This permit allows PolyMet to discharge dredge and fill material into more than 900 acres of water while the mine is developed and built.
Supporters of the mine believe it will bring much-needed jobs to the area; however, opponents believe it will send tainted runoff into the St. Louis River watershed and Lake Superior. While the controversial mine has received the final green light, the Army Corps weighed the decision carefully. The Army Corps required PolyMet’s original mine proposal to be altered to avoid impacts to 500 acres of wetlands and to minimize impacts on ecological resources.
Before purchasing and developing land in any location, it’s important to understand the regulations and encumbrances that affect that land. In addition, it’s crucial that you know all of the permits required for your project. Consulting with an attorney prior to the purchase of any land is a great way to help you consider all of the implications of your project and to prepare accordingly. The attorneys at Wilkerson & Hegna are ready to assist in your land purchase and are prepared to provide guidance and ensure compliance at every step.