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MINING

The study will inform the federal government on whether to place a 20-year ban on that type of mining in the watershed.
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.
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.
Last year, the administration initiated a mineral withdrawal for the same watershed as the Boundary Waters.
It's the second time the Center for Biological Diversity has filed such a lawsuit.
PolyMet is planning an open-pit mine, tailings basin and processing facility near Hoyt Lakes and Babbitt. The mine would be the first of its kind in Minnesota.

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Talon, which has not yet began the permitting process, would need to start shipping concentrate by 2026.
State law bars the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency from adding them to its impaired-waters list or enforcing existing sulfate standards.
Audit also faults EPA for not consulting Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa over potential downstream pollution concerns.

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