St. Paul, Minn. (Dec. 13, 2017) – Jobs for Minnesotans today released the following statement in response to the milestone submission of PolyMet’s updated Permit to Mine application and financial assurance estimates for the NorthMet Project.
“Jobs for Minnesotans is encouraged to see PolyMet’s financial assurance estimates for the NorthMet project submitted to the state of Minnesota, marking the final piece of information needed for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to issue a draft Permit to Mine. This is the first proposed copper-nickel mining project to reach this important milestone in Minnesota, an accomplishment based on sound science and fair process.
We are confident PolyMet will meet its obligation to close and reclaim the project site as planned and in a responsible manner when that time comes. We are equally confident the financial assurance estimates outlined in the updated application will adequately and appropriately protect taxpayers and the environment.
This project paves the way for a new era of mining that supports a 130-year tradition in Minnesota. Directly employing 360 hardworking Minnesotans and creating 600 additional spinoff jobs, the NorthMet project will generate positive economic benefits for the state for years to come, including an estimated $515 million annually for St. Louis County and surrounding region. We eagerly await the opportunity to bring this enduring, positive enterprise to our state and call on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to move expeditiously toward issuing the draft Permit to Mine.”
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