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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.

 

 

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Mayor Gary Skalko

ATTEST:

 

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City Administrator

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