Babbitt News


04/07/2018 05:01 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Prospect of growth intensifies debate about PolyMet tailings dam 

Questions over whether the state is demanding the highest possible environmental and safety standards in the rebirth of a 1950s-era tailings dam are growing more urgent just as Minnesota's first proposed copper nickel mine is reaching the final stage of regulatory approval. Throughout the last decade of environmental review and bitter debate, the $1 billion project by PolyMet Mining Co.


02/19/2018 12:12 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Ely House Fire Displaces 8 from 2 Families 

The Northland Fire Wire Reports that a house fire in Ely caused eight people from two families were displaced early Sunday morning. The Northland Fire Wire Reports that eight people from two families were displaced early Sunday morning as a result of a house fire in Ely.


02/06/2018 10:20 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Lawsuits, contested case hearings could decide final outcome for Polymet permit 

After 13 years, millions of dollars and a winding path through regulatory scrutiny, Minnesota's first-ever copper mine might be on the verge of its last-ever public hearings. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Pollution Control Agency will hold open-house and public input sessions Wednesday, Feb. 7, in Aurora and Thursday in Duluth on draft permits they have released for PolyMet Mining Corp. The primary DNR permit would govern PolyMet's plan to mine the land, process the ore and ultimately reclaim the site.


01/14/2018 08:05 PM  ~~~Source~~~
PolyMet approval process is setting a high bar - as it should 

The long-idled LTV Steel taconite plant near Hoyt Lakes is part of PolyMet's plan for Minnesota's first copper-nickel mine. The relative quiet in Minnesota in the days since state officials issued a draft permit for a new PolyMet copper-nickel mine near Babbitt and Hoyt Lakes has spoken volumes about the value of the 10-year regulatory path the project has trod.


01/11/2018 12:41 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Apartment fire ruled accidental 

The quick actions of Ely Fire Department personnel using a specialized piece of fire-fighting equipment likely kept the Grahek Apartment fire on Dec. 27 from growing into a conflagration of tragic proportion.