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DNR NEWS – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                       Jan. 27, 2014

PolyMet meeting in St. Paul set for tomorrow
Despite cold weather, meeting scheduled to go ahead

The third and final public meeting on PolyMet Mining's proposed copper-nickel mine will be held at Saint Paul RiverCentre, 175 West Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, on Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 5 - 10 p.m. Doors will open at 5 p.m.

These meetings are designed for the public to learn more about the environmental effects of the proposed NorthMet mine project in northeastern Minnesota near Hoyt Lakes and Babbitt. Attendees will also have an opportunity to offer comments regarding the adequacy and completeness of the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS).

The public meeting will begin with an open house hosted by the DNR, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Forest Service. Fifteen informational stations and representatives from state, federal and cooperating agencies will be available so participants can ask questions and discuss aspects of the SDEIS.

Public statements will be heard in Ballroom A and B, during the open house. This portion of the meeting will begin with a formal presentation at 6:45 p.m., followed by public comments, concluding at 10 p.m.

Because of an expected large turnout, it is unlikely the meeting will be able to accommodate everyone who wishes to speak during the public meeting. Meeting attendees will also have the option of submitting comments in writing on comment forms or by speaking one-on-one to a stenographer who will record oral comments.

The host agencies have engaged an independent facilitator who will select speakers at random from among all those attendees expressing a desire to speak. This process, utilized at the first meeting in Duluth, allows for the greatest number and diversity of speakers as possible.

All interested parties may also provide written comments by mail, email, or via the DNR’s website at www.mndnr.gov/polymet.

All written comments become a part of the final EIS record and are public information. Written comments will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on March 13.

Following the public comment period, the DNR and co-lead agencies will review all comments, respond to substantive comments, adjust the information in the SDEIS if needed and ultimately publish a final EIS for public review.

The public can review and comment on the SDEIS through the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/polymet.

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