St. Paul, Minn. (February 24, 2021) – Jobs for Minnesotans released the below statement following today’s Minnesota Supreme Court ruling reversing the Minnesota Court of Appeals decision on the air permit for the PolyMet NorthMet project issued by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). The ruling also remanded the Minnesota Court of Appeals address the remaining issues on appeal:
“Today’s air permit ruling is an affirmation of the comprehensive regulatory process codified in Minnesota’s laws, the PolyMet project’s scientific record and the expertise of the MPCA. The Minnesota Supreme Court supports the multi-year agency review conducted to ensure environmental standards will be met.
“This is a positive step forward for the PolyMet project after 16 years of regulatory review and the seventh court ruling that has upheld the permitting process. While we wait on the rulings of remaining court challenges for the project, Jobs for Minnesotans encourages all supporters of responsible industry to remain resilient as they look forward to the construction of this sustainable mine.
“The PolyMet NorthMet project is expected to provide 360 family-sustaining jobs to northeast Minnesota, a region currently experiencing severe economic disparities and unemployment rates compared to the Twin Cities metro area. The project will also be the first in Minnesota to mine nonferrous metals needed for the growing demand of renewable energy technologies, electric vehicles and other climate change solutions.”
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 70,000 workers and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce representing 6,300 members 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, Board Chair