Collin Peterson

Nolan bill would force completion of PolyMet mine land swap

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan has introduced a bill to force completion of a land swap needed for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota.

PolyMet welcomed the move in a statement Monday, saying the transaction "is not moving forward as quickly as it could be" since the U.S. Forest Service approved the land exchange in January. But the Minnesota Democrat's legislation came under fire from environmental groups, which said the deal undervalues the land and cheats taxpayers while threatening pristine areas.

Under the agreement, PolyMet would get 6,650 acres of federal land it needs in the Superior National Forest in return for about the same amount of...