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Pro Bono Victory: Minnesota Court of Appeals Reverses Three Permits Issued to PolyMet Mining for Minnesota's First Copper-Nickel Mine

January 14, 2020

A Maslon pro bono team led by Evan Nelson and Margo Brownell obtained a significant victory on behalf of their client in an ongoing lawsuit against PolyMet Mining—the Minnesota Court of Appeals has reversed three permits issued to PolyMet Mining for Minnesota's first copper-nickel mine. The permits have been remanded for a contested case hearing, and an evidentiary hearing will begin next week.

Evan, Margo, and a Maslon team including attorneys Bill Pentelovitch, Judah Druck, Mike Sheran, and Justin Rose, have vigorously provided pro bono representation to Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness in their litigation challenging the permits in the courts. Maslon has worked with co-relators WaterLegacy, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

Read the full story in the related coverage below:

Star Tribune: "Minnesota Court Rejects Three PolyMet Permits, Sends Them Back to DNR for Hearing."

MPR News: "Court Reverses PolyMet's Key DNR Permits; Calls for Contested Case Hearing."


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