PolyMet is hoping to open Minnesota’s first copper-nickel mine near Babbitt and Hoyt Lakes. Supporters say the project would bring much-needed jobs to the region and can be done in an environmentally safe way, but environmental groups fear it could pollute waterways.
AFGE Local 704 was joined by the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, Public Records Media, Minnesota Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Well Owners Organization and two administrative law professors in filing briefs. The groups have asked to be “friends of the court” if the Supreme Court takes up the case.
The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, Center for Biological Diversity, WaterLegacy and Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa are already parties to the case and have also asked the Supreme Court to review the case.