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TWIN METALS

During a Friday, May 6, visit to St. Paul, Haaland said she couldn’t disclose if her agency would allow the proposed mine to move forward after the Interior canceled two mineral leases for Twin Metals, the company that wants to develop the mine. The secretary of the interior wasin Minnesota to announce nearly $9 million in federal funding for urban parks in the state.
From the column: "Of course, what bit of pro-sulfide mining rhetoric would be complete without shamelessly evoking child labor?"
From the column: "The Biden administration’s current proposed revocations of mineral mining leases for the Twin Metals Minnesota mine, the 20-year withdrawal of lands in Northeastern Minnesota from mining, and the refusal to grant a permit to the Resolution Copper Mine in Arizona hurt our ability to increase domestic mining."
From the column: "It was not Stauber but the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service which caused mining supporters to look like fools during a sham public-comment period to determine whether to implement a 20-year ban on mining."

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From the column: "One would think a U.S. representative of a district that is home of a world-famous canoe area would direct more energy toward ensuring that the water, air, and land of the region are preserved and protected forever."
From the column: "Americans should implore President Biden and Congress to accept the clear scientific benefits of allowing Twin Metals to proceed through the established review processes."
In fact, the history of sulfide mining is so rife with contamination that Wisconsin enacted a law (since rescinded) that prohibited new sulfide mines unless a company could prove it had operated a mine for 10 years without contamination and was still not polluting 10 years after closure.
From the column: "It seems clear that prior to the completion of the public hearings, the Bureau of Land Management had decided it would cancel Twin Metals’ mineral leases. Yet, the bureau continued with the charade."
From the column: "Suggesting concentrates from the Twin Metals mine could hypothetically create an acid mine drainage problem for someone else was nonsensical."
This was a win for our local economy.

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Following the U.S. Department of the Interior's cancellation of federal mineral leases associated with the Twin Metals project, the DNR has stopped work on the state's environmental review.
From the column: "Unfortunately, instead of trusting the experts and the process, projects like Twin Metals are being used increasingly as political footballs, as evidenced by this latest move from the Department of Interior."
From the column: "The document that Twin Metals claims to follow does not state that there is no need for a dam."

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