Updated: March 15, 2021 06:16 PM
Created: March 15, 2021 06:56 AM
Just a few miles from where PolyMet plans on processing copper, nickel, and other precious metals, Congressman Pete Stauber hosted a community conversation about critical minerals. A few dozen community, industry, and business leaders were on hand at community center in Aurora.
"We have the responsibility to do it right," he told them. "Keep having those civil conversations."
Stauber is the Republican leader on the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources.
He told the group he'll be having conversations like this with top level leadership. "We are going to be communicating with the White House and Cabinet members, in the next couple of weeks. And all indications are that President Biden's administration will follow through on the commitment to more critical minerals here, not using child labor."
People like Norma Jean Jofs, a city councilor from Aurora, said she challenges others from the Twin Cities about their own water quality. Because mining on the Range, hasn't ruined the lakes up here. "This is what we've been doing for years, and we do it well," she said. "I'm all for the new mining."
There's been a renewed push to stop projects like PolyMet and Twin Metals, with new lawmakers and administration at the state and federal levels.
In January, Becky Rom, National Chair of the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters said, "In 2021 we intend to take an essential step toward full protection of the Boundary Waters by banning sulfide mining in the watershed of the wilderness."
Stauber also said he plans on encouraging Biden to keep the steel tariffs in place.
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