Allow PolyMet mine project to be well-vetted

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 31, 2013 - 11:00 AM

Don’t rush comment period for complex PolyMet project.

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Douglind33Aug. 30, 1310:42 PM

The public will have a difficult time digesting these documents. Something of this importance will need careful study and unbiased, technical/professional analysis, which will be hard to get. What ever else is revealed, a few simple questions need answering: 1. Where has this type of mining been done without serious damage to the environment? 2. Who will make the go/no go decision and how will it be made? 3. Who will monitor the mining and what authority will they have if they find serious problems? Without solid answers, we're risking a serious environmental mess.

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basia2186Aug. 31, 13 1:42 AM

As most Ely residents (not packsackers ) say- "stop the whining and start mining"! Tourists from the twin cities- myob! Watch your own bobber!

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murphydogAug. 31, 13 6:57 AM

I thought that Minnesotan's should watch Minnesota's bobber.

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RankenFyleAug. 31, 13 8:46 AM

Good editorial statement; keep us informed.

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jpcooperAug. 31, 13 8:53 AM

"Dont Rush"???? The vetting has been going on since 2008 !

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asmithe2Aug. 31, 1310:42 AM

If the folk in Ely who want me here in the cities to watch my own bobber are willing to stipulate that their city will be 100 percent responsible for any resulting cleanup costs, and they are willing to put up their homes as collateral, then I guess I will stick to my own bobber. But since the mining companies are asking the ENTIRE STATE to be on the hook for the clean up costs, pardon me if I think it is my responsibility to look into the cost-benefit of these mines. With Polymet we are talking about 20 years of jobs and potentially 200 years of cleanup. I don't see how this is a good investment for the state.

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checkfactsAug. 31, 1310:52 AM

Excellent editorial! The resulting decisions will outlive any person alive and should not be made without a thorough and complete evaluation of the process and the mitigations needed to make this process a safe one into perpetuity. The 2009 DEIS was judged a do-over by experts across the country. Obviously considering the three years it took for the re-do, the experts were correct and the "jobs are ready now" promoters were wrong. PolyMet would gain a lot of credibility if they would show Minnesota how they would clean up the damage in other states. If it is going to be done, it needs to be shown that responsibility will never fall onto the state taxpayers as it has in every other example of this kind of mining.

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alansonAug. 31, 1311:47 AM

Maybe if we delay it long enough, it will go away.

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Douglind33Aug. 31, 1312:34 PM

I'm still waiting for the backers of this mining game to name sites with a clean record. I've seen the results of bad mining in eastern Ontario. The filth is indescribable around Sudbury. BTW, I'm from Duluth and grew up with a family in the industry. Being promised jobs is no excuse for losing our objectivity. I'll wait until the results are in, study the analysis, then see what passes the smell test. Again, let's hear from those who are already sold on digging about current CLEAN SITES. Name some, please.

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Douglind33Aug. 31, 1312:45 PM

I'm still waiting for the backers of this mining game to name sites with a clean record. I've seen the results of bad mining in eastern Ontario. The filth is indescribable around Sudbury. BTW, I'm from Duluth and grew up with a family in the industry. Being promised jobs is no excuse for losing our objectivity. I'll wait until the results are in, study the analysis, then see what passes the smell test. Again, let's hear from those who are already sold on digging about current CLEAN SITES. Name some, please.

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