Senator Justin Eichorn responds to petitions to the Minnesota Supreme Court regarding PolyMet

PolyMet and the state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are fighting an appellate court’s decision to reject three permits the DNR issued to PolyMet Mining Corp. for its $1 billion copper-nickel mine plan and to order a hearing on them.

The DNR filed a petition with the Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday, one day after PolyMet filed its own petition for review.

Following the announcement Senator Justin Eichorn (R-Grand Rapids) released the following statement:

“Minnesota has some of the strictest environmental standards in the nation, and PolyMet has already demonstrated that it will exceed those standards. The company has already been a good neighbor to our state, investing more than $300 million in this project, which will only grow once it is finally completed.”

“It’s a shame Court of Appeals previously ruled against this and have brought us to this point. It’s sad to see the amount of gamesmanship that has occurred around this project. Whether it has been from the court, metro-interest groups, or sandbagging efforts from members of the DFL, the delays need to end.”

“Greater Minnesota needs this project. It will provide a boost to our economy, and bring in hundreds of new jobs to Northern Minnesota. Rather than impede this growth, let’s encourage and look for additional opportunities to bring in good-paying union jobs that allow more residents of the region opportunities to support their families.”