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USACE Publishes Notice of PolyMet's Wetland Permit Application for NorthMet Copper Nickel Project

PolyMet Mining Corp. is pleased to announce that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has published notice of PolyMet's Section 404 Wetland Permit application, a key federal permit needed for construction and operation of the company's NorthMet copper nickel project located near Hoyt Lakes, Minn.

The notice and application can be accessed at the USACE website:

A Section 404 Wetland Permit covers mitigation and replacement of wetlands that will be affected by a project. "We are confident PolyMet's mitigation plan will satisfy the Clean Water Act's requirements of no net loss of wetlands and the USACE St. Paul District's wetland mitigation guidance," said Jon Cherry, CEO and president.

The permit application is subject to public review and comment for 90 days. A public hearing is scheduled in Duluth Jan. 16, 2014, that will coincide with a public hearing for the NorthMet supplemental draft Environmental Impact Statement. A Record of Decision on the final EIS by the USACE will be the basis for issuance of the Section 404 Permit.

"The Section 404 Permit application is further demonstration of our progress in developing this important mineral resource and producing the metals we all rely on every day, creating high-paying and long-lasting jobs while protecting the environment," Cherry said.

About PolyMet

PolyMet Mining Corp. is a publicly-traded mine development company that owns 100 percent of Poly Met Mining, Inc., a Minnesota corporation that controls 100 percent of the NorthMet copper-nickel-precious metals ore body through a long-term lease and owns 100 percent 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.


Jon Cherry, CEO

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