Babbitt News


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.


01/05/2018 11:23 AM  ~~~Source~~~
With Minnesota mining permit, PolyMet proposal reaches a turning point 

The closed LTV Steel taconite plant sits idle near Hoyt Lakes, Minn. The site, which closed in 2001, may return to life as part of Minnesota's first copper-nickel mine, owned by PolyMet Mining Corp. The finish line is in sight for the most divisive and controversial mining project Minnesota has ever seen - a state permit for PolyMet Mining's proposed copper-nickel operation on the Iron Range.


12/24/2017 10:19 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Special delivery: Embarrass, Minn., to get town hub back with return of post office 

Workers for Morcon Construction, which contracts with the U.S. Postal Service, work to convert a former hunting shack into the new Embarrass Post Office. Janna Goerdt Scott Lee, superintendent for Morcon Construction of Fridley, Minn., works on construction of a deck on the front of the new Embarrass Post Office.


12/20/2017 08:35 PM  ~~~Source~~~
PolyMet financial assurance doesn't cover catastrophe 

Whether it's $544 million in coverage suggested by PolyMet for the first year of mining or the reported $1 billion state experts say might be needed at peak mine activity, the so-called financial assurance for the proposed copper mine near Babbitt is being misinterpreted by some people as a guard against catastrophe. The money, with a final number to be hashed out between state regulators and the company as the permitting process winds down in coming weeks, would be made available only to cover expected cleanup, closure and reclamation of the mine if everything goes well.