State agency heads nix PolyMet public health impact review

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State agencies have decided against conducting a public health impact analysis on the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine.

In a memo to Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday, three state agency heads say the final environmental impact statement for the project, released last month, adequately addresses the public health impacts already.

The commissioners of health, natural resources and the Pollution Control Agency say a separate health impact analysis would not significantly add to the information already available for evaluating PolyMet's permit applications.

Dayton spokesman Matt Swenson says the governor concurs.

PolyMet opponents dispute the EIS' conclusion that the mine will have a negligible effect on mercury pollution. Environmental attorney Paula Maccabee says she's frustrated the administration won't look closer at the potential effects of mercury from the mine on children's developing brains.

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