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No extension for public comment on PolyMet mine

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DULUTH - The public comment period for the proposed PolyMet copper mine and processing center near Hoyt Lakes will end March 13, after 90 days, state and federal agency officials said Thursday.

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Several environmental groups and others had petitioned the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Forest Service – the agencies overseeing the environmental review – for an extra 90 days, to mid-June, because of the length of and complexity of the 2,169-page environmental review document.

So far, the agencies have received more than 19,000 comments, the most ever for a Minnesota project. But officials said there is no compelling need to extend the comment period.

Email comments can be submitted to NorthMetSDEIS.dnr@state.mn.us. Email submissions should include a full name and legal mailing address. More information about submitting comments and the project can be found at the DNR’s website at www.mndnr.gov/polymet .

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