Today, the Minnesota Court of Appeals sided with MCEA and remanded the PolyMet air pollution permit back to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).
The Court found that the MPCA did not evaluate whether the air permit was a “sham permit” that does not accurately reflect the size and scope of PolyMet’s proposed mine. This is the fourth PolyMet permit MCEA and our allies have persuaded the Courts to strike down this year.
The Court's decision this morning, and the three other permits the Courts overturned in January, shows that the process that granted permits for the PolyMet mine proposal is broken. It’s clear that the permits that were issued to PolyMet did not protect human health and the environment, and it’s time for our agencies to acknowledge and address that.
MCEA will continue to stand up for the people and fight against unsafe proposals that threaten what defines us as Minnesotans. Today's precedent setting decision is a win for law, transparency, and safety — today's decision is a win for Minnesotans.