St. Paul, Minn. (Jan. 5, 2018) – Jobs for Minnesotans today released the following statement in response to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources release of the draft Permit to Mine for  PolyMet’s NorthMet Project.

“Today’s release of the draft Permit to Mine is a historic achievement for the NorthMet Project and the state. It builds on our rich iron mining heritage and is a catalyst for a new era of responsible mining. Copper-nickel mining offers substantial private investment and long-term economic returns that will sustain families and communities and benefit our entire state. More broadly, the project will provide the crucial minerals we require as a part of our daily lives.

The rigorous reviews of the NorthMet Project design instill confidence that PolyMet has the right technology, the right environmental and financial protections, and the right leadership to chart a responsible path forward for copper-nickel mining in Minnesota. We believe PolyMet will meet all conditions outlined in 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, follow @JobsforMN on Twitter and find the coalition on


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