St. Paul, Minn. (May 28, 2019) – Jobs for Minnesotans today released the following statement addressing the Minnesota Court of Appeals decision today regarding the PolyMet NorthMet Project:
“Jobs for Minnesotans stands behind the Minnesota Court of Appeals decision today to deny requests by environmental groups for a supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the PolyMet NorthMet Project. The Court’s decision affirms the thorough review process in place by law has been followed. We look forward to the approximately 1,000 jobs this project will create.
“The PolyMet NorthMet Project received its final permits earlier this year after a more than decade-long rigorous process and thorough environmental review by state and federal agencies. The issued permits allow the project and its supporters to prove that it’s possible to mine for these important metals while also protecting the environment.
“In addition to long-term employment for skilled tradespeople, the NorthMet Project will generate an estimated $515 million annually to cultivate a more diverse and thriving regional and statewide economy, and create access to essential metals to power the green economy and our modern world.”
About Jobs for Minnesotans
Jobs for Minnesotans, a coalition representing business, labor and communities, supports statewide opportunities for prosperity and middle-class jobs from sustainable natural resource development in Minnesota. The organization is committed to the principle that our state can preserve both job opportunities and the environment for future generations. Jobs for Minnesotans was co-founded in 2012 by the Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council representing 55,000 workers and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce representing 2,300 companies and 500,000 employees. For more information, visit jobsforminnesotans.org, follow @JobsforMN on Twitter and find the coalition on Facebook.com/Jobs4MN.
Media Contact: Nancy Norr, Chair