St. Paul, Minn., February 24, 2021 – The Minnesota Supreme Court today unanimously ruled in favor of the Clean Air Act permit issued to PolyMet by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, overturning an order by the state Court of Appeals that had remanded the permit back to the agency, according to Poly Met Mining, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of PolyMet Mining Corp. (together “PolyMet” or the “company”) TSX: POM; NYSE American: PLM.
Rejecting the central legal argument relied on by opponents of PolyMet’s project, the court ruled that the lower court had “relied on an erroneous interpretation of federal law” when it remanded the permit.
Jason George, Local 49 Business Manager stated:
“This is a great decision for union jobs on the Iron Range. Polymet has gone through a long and fair process, based on science – one in which they rightly received all their permits. It is great to see the MN Supreme Court affirm that. Polymet has a project labor agreement in place, meaning Local 49 members will be building it. We look forward to it. We also look forward to this being the first of many mining projects our members will build over the coming decades, and to the bright future precious metal mining will bring to the Iron Range.”