DNR Commissioner Weighs in on Mining Issues

Posted at: 07/26/2013 7:26 AM
Updated at: 07/26/2013 7:27 AM

"It's never a dull moment right now," joked Commissioner Tom Landwehr. He's speaking about the many issues facing the agency, which often end up in the news.

The agency has been sued by environmental groups recently for several reasons, including mineral lease sales and the extension at Minntac. Landwehr said he would not be surprised if more lawsuits follow about PolyMet's proposed base and precious metals project.

They are working diligently on the 1800 page supplemental draft EIS, which is expected to be rolled out for public review end of August or early September.

"It's such an important deal for Minnesota, and it's important we get it right," he added. "We're really trying to promote the public comment period, because it's the first really good chance for the public to find out what the project is all about."

Landwehr told us that it's important to remember the agency acts as a neutral party during the environmental review process. "We follow the laws set by the legislature about mining and the environment."