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The sulphide ores we mine contain more than just nickel. Other elements are often found and by extracting and processing nickel, our operations also produce cobalt, copper and precious metals. Nickel and the humankind have a longtime partnership: the use of the metal has been traced as far back as b. Nickel is rarely used alone; it is usually combined with other metals to form alloys.
These combinations produce materials with a unique range of properties not found in pure metals. The alloys of nickel and other metals have been developed for use in jet engines and in industrial gas turbines for electricity generation. They are also found in heater elements, resistance wires, heat exchangers in power plants and furnace components. Your Name. Your Email. Sent To. Lislegard was laid off from LTV Steel 12 years ago but hopes the family's mining tradition will continue with his daughter, who is away at school learning to be a heavy equipment operator.
Lislegard attended Aurora's Pumpkinfest earlier this fall, where children decorated jack-o-lanterns in front of a giant banner proclaiming "We Support Mining. PolyMet officials say building the mine and processing site will take as many hours of labor as it took to build Target Field. The initial 1, construction jobs would be followed by about permanent jobs over the mine's year life, they said.
The arguments to embrace PolyMet's mine reach beyond the potential immediate impact on the Iron Range. Supporters often cite a study by the University of Minnesota-Duluth's business school that estimates the impacts of both iron and copper-nickel mining. Accountants, lawyers, construction and trucking companies, engineers and foundries located in the Twin Cities and elsewhere in the state could all see a boost from new mining activity on the Iron Range, he said.
The income taxes and sales taxes those jobs generate will help the state, in addition to a likely production tax on the material mined and royalties that will go into the state's permanent school trust fund, Kwilas said. Kwilas, who has observed environmental issues at the Legislature since the s, said he would put Minnesota's environmental regulations up against any other state or nation. If PolyMet can meet those standards, state officials should let it go forward, he said.
The economic arguments go the other way, too. One concern is whether copper-nickel mining could harm the tourism industry.
Mining supporters argue northern Minnesota tourism has coexisted with iron mining and the timber industry for years and that copper-nickel mining would be no different. But many worry about the cumulative impact of multiple mines.
PolyMet's mine wouldn't be located in the same watershed as the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, but others could be. Could copper-nickel mining give the area a black eye? The other concern is how to ensure that if a mine does pollute, someone other than taxpayers will pay to clean it up. Environmentalists point to examples of other mines in the United States that polluted water after companies closed up the mine and left.
Minnesota requires companies to offer financial assurance — cash or bonds up front to pay for potential environmental problems down the road. Financial assurance was a sticking point in PolyMet's environmental study, and the EPA has urged that detailed estimates be included in the latest environmental impact statement. But it doesn't specify how PolyMet would cover the expenses. Cherry, PolyMet's CEO, said the final cost estimate for treating water could be lower, but he said the company is committed to covering the costs.
That's what we're putting out there for everyone to see. If water treatment is needed for hundreds of years, the state has to figure out how much that would cost. It's a difficult calculation to make, said Kathryn Hoffman, an attorney with the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy. State officials underestimated how much financial assurance would be needed, she said. Hoffman said she hopes the final environmental impact statement will demonstrate Minnesota's leverage in deciding PolyMet's fate. They belong to the state of Minnesota," she said.
We own these deposits, and we have control over how they're extracted. The complicated task of setting the financial assurance requirements falls to the Department of Natural Resources. But details likely won't surface until later. First, the DNR will hold a public comment period for at least 45 days on the draft environmental impact statement.
Then, the agency and its federal partners will incorporate changes into a final environmental impact statement. If that document is deemed adequate, the project would move to a permitting stage, where DNR officials would judge the proposal's technical merits and decide whether to allow the mine. Lawsuits could emerge at various steps in the process, including after a final EIS or permit are issued, so mining copper could still be years away.
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Mark Dayton, whose administration has the final say on whether to allow the mine, said he will remain undecided on the proposal until he has reviewed all of the scientific analyses and public reaction. Environmentalists and mining advocates agree PolyMet's environmental review will be a model for any future mining of this type in the state.