Forest Service produces land exchange records

In November of 2013, PRM submitted a series of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests for state and federal records relating to mining operations in northern Minnesota – both existing, and proposed. One highly visible proposed project is the PolyMet “NorthMet” copper-sulfide mine. The project has been in development for several years, and is currently under […]

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Checking in on Minnesota managed care

In 2012, the Minnesota Legislature passed legislation that would – for the first time – require independent, third-party audits of Minnesota’s public health care programs. Such programs are paid for by state and federal dollars disbursed through the Department of Human Services (DHS), and are administered by private, non-profit health maintenance organizations (HMOs). Managed care […]

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EPA mining document highlights

Since November of 2013, Public Record Media has been collecting agency correspondence related to mining operations in northern Minnesota, including the proposed PolyMet “NorthMet” copper-sulfide mine. The NorthMet project has been the subject of an environmental review process conducted by three “co-lead” agencies – the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the U.S. Army Corps […]

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Update on FAA drone record request

Public Record Media has received an update from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on its request for Certificate of Authorization (COA) records related to drone use in the state of Minnesota. Since 2011, PRM has sought information regarding drone operations from the FAA and other agencies.  At present, the operation of unmanned drones requires a […]

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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency mining documents: List one

PRM has received a set of documents from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (PCA) that details both ongoing and proposed mining projects in northern Minnesota. The documents describe modifications to existing waste water treatment facilities at the Peter Mitchell taconite mine, as well as aspects of the proposed NorthMet copper-sulfide mine. PRM will post documents […]

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OIP denies PRM administrative appeal on NDAA memos

On February 7, 2014, Public Record Media received a letter from the Justice Department’s Office of Information Policy (OIP) regarding one of its pending administrative appeals.  In its letter, OIP stated that a 2013 decision by the Office of Legal Counsel to withhold legal memos about the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012 was […]

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PRM presentation at AAAS annual meeting

On February 15, Public Record Media will present a talk on overcoming challenges to public records access at the 2014 meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. PRM executive director Matt Ehling will speak on a panel entitled “Data Availability:  Making Sure the Gift Keeps Giving.”  Other presenters include David Reitze of […]

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