May 13, 2013

St. Paul, Minnesota, May 13, 2013 – PolyMet Mining Corp. (TSX: POM; NYSE MKT: PLM) (PolyMet or the Company) has been notified by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (“MDNR”) that ERM, the independent EIS Contractor, has completed drafting the preliminary supplemental draft Environmental Impact Statement (“EIS”) analyzing PolyMet’s 100%-owned copper-nickel-precious metals NorthMet project located in the established mining district of the Mesabi Iron Range in northeastern Minnesota.

The NorthMet preliminary supplemental draft EIS will be reviewed by the Co-Lead Agencies (MDNR, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and the US Forest Service) and the Cooperating Agencies (the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Bois Forte, Fond du Lac, and Grand Portage Tribal Governments) prior to publication of the supplemental draft EIS for public review later this summer.

“This is a very important step toward completion of the environmental review and issuance of the permits we need to build and operate the NorthMet Project,” stated Jon Cherry, President and CEO of PolyMet. “The Agencies and their EIS Contractor have been engaged in very detailed review of the project design, which includes several project modifications in response to public and regulatory comments. The project modifications and improvements, such as the addition of a Reverse Osmosis water treatment plant, demonstrate our commitment to construct and operate NorthMet in a way that protects the environment.”

About PolyMet

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-preciousmetals ore body through a long-term lease and owns 100% of the Erie Plant, a large processing facility locatedapproximately six miles from the ore body in the established mining district of the Mesabi Range in northeasternMinnesota. Poly Met Mining, Inc. has completed its Definitive Feasibility Study and is seeking environmental andoperating permits to enable it to commence production. The NorthMet project is expected to require approximatelytwo million hours of construction labor, creating approximately360 long-term jobs, a level of activity that will havea significant multiplier effect in the local economy.

PolyMet Mining Corp

Per:Jon Cherry
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Jon Cherry, CEO

For further information, please contact:

Corporate
Douglas Newby
Chief Financial Officer
Tel: +1 (651) 389-4105
dnewby@polymetmining.com

Media
LaTisha Gietzen
VP Public, Govt & Environmental Affairs
Tel: +1 (218) 471-2150
lgietzen@polymetmining.com

Investors
PolyMet
Jenny Knudson
VP Investor Relations
Tel: +1 (651) 389-4110
jknudson@polymetmining.com

MZ North America
Pascal Nigen
Senior Vice-President
Tel: +1 (212) 301-7149
pnigen@mzgroup.us
www.mzgroup.us

 

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements concerning anticipated developments in PolyMet’s operations in the future. Forward-looking statements are frequently, but not always, identified by words such as expects, anticipates, believes, intends, estimates, potential, possible, projects, plans, and similar expressions, or statements that events, conditions or results will, may, could, or should occur or be achieved or their negatives or other comparable words. These forward-looking statements may include statements regarding our beliefs related to the ability to receive environmental and operating permits, job creation, or other statements that are not a statement of fact. Forward-looking statements address future events and conditions and therefore involve inherent known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements due to risks facing PolyMet or due to actual facts differing from the assumptions underlying its predictions.

PolyMet’s forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs, expectations and opinions of management on the date the statements are made, and PolyMet does not assume any obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or managements beliefs, expectations and opinions should change.

Specific reference is made to PolyMet’s most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2013 and in our other filings with Canadian securities authorities and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a discussion of some of the risk factors and other considerations underlying forward-looking statements.

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