PolyMet Completes Key Project Milestones
St. Paul, Minnesota, November 19, 2012 – PolyMet Mining Corp. (TSX: POM; NYSE MKT: PLM) (“PolyMet” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce completion of key milestones in the environmental review of its 100%-owned copper-nickel-precious metals project (the “NorthMet Project”) located in the established mining district of the Mesabi Iron Range in northeastern Minnesota.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), US Forest Service (USFS), and US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are the “Lead Agencies” responsible for producing a supplemental draft Environmental Impact Statement (“EIS”) that describes the project and its potential impacts, and provides the basis for issuance of permits.
Completion of Key Reviews
PolyMet has completed engineering control designs as well as the design of and inputs to groundwater, surface water and air dispersion models to assess potential environmental impacts from the NorthMet Project. Following extensive quality assurance/quality control review by Foth Infrastructure & Environment and Barr Engineering, PolyMet has delivered these results to the state regulatory agencies and their EIS Contractor for review.
Review of these results is expected to be completed in early 2013. The results will be incorporated into the supplemental draft EIS which will then be reviewed by the federal Lead Agencies, the US Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and other governmental and cooperating agencies prior to publication for public review.
PolyMet’s water treatment pilot plant has now processed in excess of 1.4 million gallons of water and continues to perform extremely well. The modular Reverse Osmosis water treatment plant will enable PolyMet to meet water quality standards, including (but not limited to) Minnesota’s wild rice standard for sulfate. Technical teams from key regulatory agencies have visited the pilot plant. PolyMet’s water treatment plans have been well received by community organizations.
“I am very pleased by the considerable progress made by the permitting team in recent months,” stated Jon Cherry, president and CEO of PolyMet. “Completion of engineering control design, numeric model design and model inputs enables PolyMet to demonstrate that the NorthMet Project meets state and federal air and water standards, which provides the foundation for completion of the environmental review leading to issuance of permits.”
Mr. Cherry concluded, ” The final steps to completing the supplemental draft EIS for public review are to incorporate the model results and receive comments from the EPA and other cooperating and government agencies.”
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PolyMet Mining Corp. (www.polymetmining.com) is a publicly-traded mine development company that owns 100% of Poly Met Mining, Inc., a Minnesota corporation that controls 100% of the NorthMet copper-nickel-precious metals ore body through a long-term lease and owns 100% of the Erie Plant, a large processing facility located approximately six miles from the ore body in the established mining district of the Mesabi Range in northeastern Minnesota. Poly Met Mining, Inc. has completed its Definitive Feasibility Study and is seeking environmental and operating permits to enable it to commence production. The NorthMet project is expected to require approximately two million hours of construction labor, creating approximately 360 long-term jobs, a level of activity that will have a significant multiplier effect in the local economy.
PolyMet Mining Corp.
Per: “Jon Cherry”
Jon Cherry, CEO
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Specific reference is made to PolyMet’s most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2012 and in our other filings with Canadian securities authorities and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Report on Form 6-K providing information with respect to our operations for the three months ended April 30, 2012 for a discussion of some of the risk factors and other considerations underlying forward-looking statements.
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