Frustrations over cumbersome, costly and lengthy federal and state permitting processes is not limited to taconite and copper/nickel/precious metals mining projects.
“Fifteen percent or more on a road project is spent on permitting or wetland mitigation. Say one project is $20 million ... take 15 percent of that and it’s $3 million just in permitting cost to the county,” said St. Louis County Board Chairman Keith Nelson of Fayal Township.
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