Minnesota mining document update

January 16, 2014.

During the past few weeks, Public Record Media has received thousands of pages of mining documents from a variety of state and federal agencies. The document releases have occurred in response to several public record requests filed by PRM in November of 2013. Those requests sought correspondence between regulatory agencies and mining companies related to various mining projects in northern Minnesota.

Thus far, documents have arrived from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Later today, PRM will be inspecting documents held by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Records from the Environmental Protection Agency are expected to arrive within the next few weeks. PRM will be posting all of these materials in its document archive, and will be providing summaries on its blog.

Draft NorthMet documents available
PRM has also posted a variety of draft documents associated with the proposed PolyMet “NorthMet” copper-sulfide mine. These documents include components of the Preliminary Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (PSDEIS) for the project. The revised version of the SDEIS was released on December 7, 2013, and can be found on the DNR web site. DNR is a co-lead agency on the project, along with the United States Forest Service and the USACE.

The records were obtained through public records requests submitted by the Minnesota Environmental Advocacy Center. PRM became aware of the documents last year, and has posted the record collection in order to expand the body of publicly available documentation related to the NorthMet project.

PRM has posted preliminary SDEIS documents here, and will continue to add records in the coming weeks.

Documents in this collection include draft materials circulated to tribal authorities, and correspondence related to simulations and modeling associated with water quality impacts. Also included are documents that track changes made from an earlier version of the NorthMet PSDEIS.