Local 49 Business Manager Jason George Issues Statement regarding the Court of Appeals ruling on Polymet permit

Jason George, Business Manager for the International Union for Operating Engineers Local 49, issued the following statement regarding the Court of Appeals ruling on Polymet permit:

“We applaud the judge’s ruling that has rejected six of the seven challenges made by anti-mining opponents to Polymet’s permit. This ruling affirms what we have known all along. Minnesota has some of the strictest processes in place and regulators can be trusted to do their jobs. The state has been mining safely, and successfully for a hundred years. If we want to meet our renewable energy goals, and effectively combat climate change, we need to process precious minerals here at home. With the reality that Minnesota is home to the world’s largest and highest quality untapped strategic mineral deposit, we are at a crossroads to invest in a generations worth of prosperity and the good paying jobs that will be created with that investment. We need to continue to follow the process, the science, and let these projects proceed. The failed attempts at governing by frivolous lawsuits need to stop.”

Read: Court of Appeals Rules Favorably on PolyMet Mining Water Permit