More hurdles for PolyMet to leap over as environmentalist are planning to sue to prevent a land swap with the U.S. Forest Service.
It is the first of what could be multiple legal actions designed to stop a highly controversial open pit mine proposed by PolyMet Mining Corp. for a site near Hoyt Lakes on Minnesota’s Iron Range.
The Center for Biological Diversity and Earthworks issued the legally required notice that it will file a federal lawsuit in 60 days against the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under the Endangered Species Act. On Monday, the Forest Service agreed to a land swap giving PolyMet 6,650 acres required for access to minerals it owns beneath the surface for its proposed mine. In exchange, PolyMet gave the Forest Service 6,690 acres of what are now privately held parcels scattered across northeast Minnesota.