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Polymet permit reversal: finally, the contested case hearings will be held

Rob Levine/Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
Rob Levine/Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy

After years of wrangling through public hearings, Minnesotans will finally have the chance to hear their questions about the Polymet copper-nickel mine project answered in court.

JT Haines is with the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, and he says, despite the perception that all these issues have been talked about, this is the first time information will be presented in court, under oath, in public, and before a neutral judge, something Haines calls "really substantial and extremely important."

Although Haines says the process to hold the contested case hearings could take up to a year, a Ramsey County judge will hold a fact-finding hearing beginning next Tuesday into alleged irregularities into how the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency handled the water permit for the project.

More information about the MPCA hearing is available here.

And the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy has a new website up; it's calledPeople vs. Polymet.

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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