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Rep. McCollum Pushes for Renewed Mining Study

Rep. Betty McCollum has introduced legislation about renewing a study on mining near the Boundary Waters. Rep. Betty McCollum has introduced legislation about renewing a study on mining near the Boundary Waters. |  Photo: Rep. Betty McCollum's office

Updated: May 21, 2019 04:07 PM

Rep. Betty McCollum wants the U.S. Forest Service to complete their study on mining near the Boundary Waters. The Twin Cities based congresswoman has introduced legislation to compel the agency to do so.

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Her office says the study had been underway for 20 months before being cancelled by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in 2018.

The legislation would halt mineral leasing in the watershed of the Boundary Waters until the completion and delivery of the study to Congress.

The legislation comes a week after the Bureau of Land Management renewed two leases for Twin Metals. 8th District Congressman Pete Stauber was on hand for the signing.

Twin Metals is planning an underground copper-nickel mine near Ely, and plans to submit proposals later this year.

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