The St. Louis County Board of Commissioners will vote on a resolution Tuesday to support non-ferrous mining projects in the county, including the highly controversial PolyMet Mine.
The resolution, introduced by Commissioner Keith Nelson, calls on the board to consider all opportunities to assist precious metals mining projects like PolyMet, contingent upon environmental reviews.
"Here we're sitting on one of the largest reserves in the world, we've got to figure out how to do it right, and doing it right's going to serve this nation very well," Nelson said.
St. Louis County follows several township governments and even Ely's school board in taking up a resolution either for or against the contentious mining projects. The environmental group WaterLegacy calls the county's resolution premature, since the federal environmental review of Polymet isn't due to be released to the public for at least another three months.