Time for state to let Polymet facility proceed
Everyone has experienced that one nightmare flight with one delay after another. The airline staff does its best to reassure us everything is being done to get us on our way as soon as possible, but we still get upset. We want to get where we wan...
Everyone has experienced that one nightmare flight with one delay after another. The airline staff does its best to reassure us everything is being done to get us on our way as soon as possible, but we still get upset. We want to get where we want to go, and we can't quite understand why the flight didn't leave at 2:17 p.m. when it was supposed to. Rationally, we know that things can and will go wrong, and the airline is doing its best to serve us. In the end, a couple of hours one way or another is not that big of a deal, normally, as long as we get there safe and sound.
Now let's take the case of Polymet and its efforts to launch a copper, nickel and precious metals mining and processing facility using the property and much of the plant of the former LTV Steel Mining Co. Polymet has been waiting for almost five years for its flight. However, the flight schedule keeps changing and changing and changing. Actually, the company hasn't even been issued its ticket yet and doesn't know if it can count on the latest schedule on its Environmental Impact Statement moving forward.
We knew that coming up with new regulations for nonferrous mining would take time but enough is enough. Regardless of how anyone feels about Polymet and mining in general, don't they think enough time and effort has been put into coming to a conclusion? Is this amount of time going be fair to anyone?
Please, state of Minnesota, the Polymet folks deserve an answer. The state has done its due diligence in a professional manner and it's now time for final boarding. It's time to let Polymet proceed.
The writer is a city councilor for the city of Hoyt Lakes.