Resolution Number 05-14 Polymet Support
RESOLUTION NUMBER 05-14
SUPPORTING THE POLYMET MINING NORTHMET PROJECT
WHEREAS, the City of Mountain Iron is aware that the PolyMet Mining NorthMet Project is proceeding through the joint State and Federal environmental review and permitting process; and
WHEREAS, the metals that PolyMet will mine are essential for daily life like copper, nickel, cobalt, platinum, palladium and gold are found in countless products, including cell phones, computers, joint replacements, medical treatments and devices, wind turbines and catalytic converters; and
WHEREAS, the combination of strict Minnesota regulations and PolyMet’s commitment to mining in a way that protects the environment will serve as a global template for responsible, ethical and successful mining practices; and
WHEREAS, the proposed mining and processing operation will create 360 direct jobs and over 600 indirect jobs in St, Louis County alone; and
WHEREAS, it is anticipated that the PolyMet Mining project will require 2 million hours of labor during its construction phase; and
WHEREAS, PolyMet Mining will contribute millions of dollars to local cities, school districts and the State though net proceed taxes, occupation taxes, and sales tax; and
WHEREAS, it is stated within the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, US Army Corps of Engineers, and the US Forest Service’s supplemental draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS), “The SDEIS has thoroughly evaluated water quality impacts, and has shown the project will not cause an exceedance of aquatic life water quality standards.”
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF MOUNTAIN IRON, MINNESOTA, that the City Council of the City of Mountain Iron strongly supports the PolyMet Mining NorthMet Project.
DULY ADOPTED BY THE CITY COUNCIL THIS 3rd DAY OF MARCH, 2014.
Mayor Gary Skalko