Gov. Mark Dayton says he's going to insist that an independent community group be created to review environmental regulations at a proposed copper-nickel mine near the Boundary Waters.
He announced that decision after learning about a similar group that monitors a mine in Michigan.
Last week, Dayton and other state leaders toured two mines to gather information before determining whether the state should issue permits for the proposed PolyMet mine in Hoyt Lakes.
One mine, selected by mining opponents, is a Superfund site in South Dakota. The other, picked by supporters of the PolyMet mine, is in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Dayton about what he learned on the trips.