December 29, 2010 16:35 ET

PolyMet to File Interim Financials On or Before January 7, 2011

HOYT LAKES, MINNESOTA--(Marketwire - Dec. 29, 2010) - PolyMet Mining Corp. (TSX:POM)(NYSE Amex:PLM) ("PolyMet" or the "Company") announced today that it now expects to file its interim financial statements, its management's discussion and analysis relating to the financial statements, and the CEO and CFO certifications (collectively, the "Required Documents") for the period ended October 31, 2010 on or before January 7, 2011.

On December 14, 2010 the Company reported that it had encountered difficulties transferring to a new accounting and financial reporting system. Since the problems were identified, the Company has undertaken a thorough internal review of the new system.

Owing to the holiday schedule, the Company's auditors, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP will not be able to complete their review of the financial statements until early in January. PolyMet has scheduled its Audit Committee meeting and follow-on board meeting for the morning of January 5, 2011 and expects to file the Required Documents on or before January 7, 2011.

Applicable Canadian securities regulatory authorities granted the Company's request for a management cease trade order. Until the Required Documents are filed, PolyMet intends to satisfy the provisions of the alternative information guidelines in accordance with National Policy 12-203 – Cease Trade Orders for Continuous Disclosure Defaults.

There is no other material information concerning the affairs of the Company that has not been generally disclosed.

About PolyMet

PolyMet Mining Corp. (www.polymetmining.com) is a publicly-traded mine development company that controls 100% of the NorthMet copper-nickel-precious metals ore body through a long-term lease and owns 100% 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. PolyMet Mining Corp. 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 one and a half million hours of construction labor and create 400 long-term jobs, a level of activity that will have a significant multiplier effect in the local economy.


Joe Scipioni, President

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