Copper/nickel/precious metals CEO dismisses critics’ allegations of a red flag in report
Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 7:49 pm
BILL HANNA Executive Editor
ST. PAUL — PolyMet CEO and Director Jon Cherry says the company is “very pleased” with a letter from the Environmental Protection Agency on the Preliminary Final Environmental Impact Statement for the state’s first copper/nickel/precious metals mine near Hoyt Lakes.
“We’re proud of how we’ve been handling this. We are pleased with the final PEIS,” Cherry said in a telephone interview with the Mesabi Daily News
Cherry also discounted allegations by critics that the EPA comments on the PFEIS related to a “potential” northward flow path from the mine site’ east pit should be a major blow to the project.
PolyMet officials point out that the major spokesman for anti-nonferrous mining advocates on this issue, John Coleman, who works for the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, has admitted previously to not being a “groundwater modeling expert.”
The EPA, in letter dated Aug. 5, made recommendations to even further improve the PFEIS, which the federal agency praised.
“The PFEIS reflects many improvements to the project, and to the clarity and completeness of the environmental review.
“Our extensive discussions with the co-lead and cooperating agencies have helped to resolve virtually all of our previous comments, and to review important questions about project modeling,” the letter said.
The EPA included six recommendations on the NorthMet PFEIS, which Cherry said will “absolutely” be addressed and remedied by the final document.
Coleman has especially zeroed in on the northward flow issue, as if it could be a killer of the project.
But the EPA basically defuses the issue. And Cherry said the c