EPA Clouding Access To Staffers' Views On Mine, Enviros Say

Law360 (February 19, 2019, 4:36 PM EST) -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency staffers involved in the Clean Water Act permit process for a $1 billion planned copper and nickel mine in Minnesota told a state agency they had concerns about the project but never filed formal comments, according to an environmental group's lawsuit filed Tuesday.

Environmental group WaterLegacy said in its complaint that employees at the EPA's Region 5 offices had been in close contact with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency about Toronto-based PolyMet Mining Corp.'s $1 billion NorthMet mine in the northern part of the state for nearly 10 years.

But after President Donald Trump took office in...

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