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Public Comment on NorthMet Draft Permit to Mine   


All comments and objections submitted regarding the NorthMet Draft Permit to Mine will be considered by the DNR. Comments related to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's (MPCA's) authorities and draft permits should be provided directly to the MPCA (accessible through the State PolyMet Permitting Portal.)


Please be advised of the following:
  • Comments and objections on the NorthMet Draft Permit to Mine will be accepted through March 6, 2018.

  • All comments and objections will become part of the public record of the NorthMet Draft Permit to Mine. Comments and objections submitted during the public comment period are considered public data under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, Minnesota Statutes Chapter 13.

  • Comments and objections submitted through this online system will not be visible to other commenters.

  • DNR will consider the comments and objections it receives prior to making a final decision on the NorthMet Permit to Mine. A person submitting an objection must meet specific criteria and include all information outlined in Minnesota Rules (see Minnesota Rules 6132.4000 subp. 2, for more detail).


  • Petitions for a contested case hearing may not be submitted electronically through this online commenting form.

  • The online comment form can accept comments and objections up to 9,999 characters in length and can accept up to 4 attachments of 20MB in size each. If your comment or objection exceeds these limits, please see additional commenting methods below. If you are using the text-only version of this form, please mail any attachments to the address provided below.


Comments and objections may be submitted by US mail to the following address:
MN Department of Natural Resources
Division of Lands and Minerals
500 Lafayette Road, Box 45
St. Paul, MN 55155-4045

Public comments and written objections will be accepted at two scheduled public meetings:

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Mesabi East (Aurora-Hoyt) High School
601 N 1st St W, Aurora, MN 55705
4:00-9:00 p.m.  open house
6:00-9:00 p.m.  public comment forum

Thursday,  February 8, 2018
DECC - Duluth Entertainment Convention Center
350 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN 55802
1:00-9:00 p.m.  open house
6:00-9:00 p.m.  public comment forum


At the public meetings, participants will have an opportunity to submit written comments and objections or have oral comments recorded by a stenographer.