DNR - Monthly Twin Metals EIS Update – April 2021

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Minnesota DNR - Monthly Update:
Twin Metals Minnesota EIS

About this Update

To provide information about the State’s environmental review of Twin Metals Minnesota’s project proposal, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is issuing monthly updates to those who have signed up to receive them on the State web portal for Twin Metals Minnesota project. This message is the monthly update for activity during April 2021.

Each monthly update provides information on the status of Minnesota’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process and identifies new documents that have been posted on the DNR’s webpages for the project since the prior monthly update.

The DNR is the responsible governmental unit (RGU) for the State’s EIS. Please note that the federal government is preparing a separate EIS for the Twin Metals project. Information about the Federal EIS is available here. [Please note that the Federal EIS link is not set up to open with Internet Explorer; an alternate browser is needed.]

State EIS Process Status

Preparation of an EIS for any large and complex project is a multi-year process. The DNR is currently in the scoping phase of the EIS process for the proposed Twin Metals project. The scoping process helps us ensure the future EIS assesses the proposed project’s potentially significant environmental impacts, but also helps define project alternatives, potential mitigations, timelines and additional data needs.

Revised proposal: Twin Metals Minnesota submitted its revised Project Proposal to the DNR on July 24, 2020. Since then, we have completed our review of the revised project proposal, determined that it was incomplete and, on December 1, requested additional information from Twin Metals. On December 18, Twin Metals submitted a second revision of its Project Proposal to the DNR along with its responses to our comments. As we continue to review this information, we are working toward resolution of unresolved comments. As requested, Twin Metals submitted a third revision of its Project Proposal to the DNR along with updated responses to our comments. We are currently reviewing this information.

The scoping process is iterative. As is typical for a project of this complexity, we anticipate multiple rounds of DNR comments followed by revisions from Twin Metals.

Contractor RFP: The period for contractors to respond to the DNR’s Request for Proposals (RFP) closed on November 3 and we are continuing to work through the proposal evaluation process. The DNR is seeking a consultant to assist in our review of the proposed project. Based on the complexity of the proposed project and the level of public interest, it is important for the DNR to retain additional capacity and technical expertise early in the review process. Twin Metals is required to reimburse all costs associated with the EIS, including contractor assistance.

New Documents Available

The following new documents were posted in April 2021 to our project website. Please click on underlined text to link directly to the material(s).

DNR Documents

No new DNR documents were posted in April 2021.

Proposer Documents

No new proposer documents were posted in April 2021.

More Information

All project updates as well as key documents (new and previously posted) can be accessed through the State web portal for Twin Metals Minnesota project. The website provides access to basic information about the project, EIS status updates and documents, fact sheets to help explain the process and summarize complex issues, and proposer-developed data and studies that have been submitted for DNR review. Project updates are available through the News tab.

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