Responsible mining is compatible with wilderness preservation, just as it has been throughout the more than 130-year history of mining in Minnesota. Twin Metals Minnesota is committed to producing strategic metals that are essential for everyday life and to using modern technologies that will protect people and preserve Minnesota’s natural environment. Environmental protection is an obligation, not an option.
Through working with government agencies and stakeholders and using and environmentally responsible practices, Twin Metals strives to be a leader in environmental stewardship by meeting or exceeding strict state and federal regulations and community expectations for environmental stewardship.
Minnesota has long been a world leader in developing strict regulatory processes for the development of natural resources. Modern mining is highly regulated, and Twin Metals Minnesota fully supports strict regulations to ensure an environmentally responsible mine.
From the start, Twin Metals remains committed to working with experts, regulatory agencies and community members to ensure that Minnesota’s treasures will be enjoyed by future generations. Some of the agencies with regulatory authority over the Twin Metals Minnesota project include:
- Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
- Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
- Minnesota Department of Health
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- U.S. Department of the Interior
- U.S. Forest Service
- U.S. Bureau of Land Management
In order to move forward with the project, Twin Metals must comply with all existing standards for water and air quality, species protection, noise, worker safety and financial reserves.
After Twin Metals proposes a formal mine plan to state and federal agencies, the project will be undergo a rigorous environmental review, including opportunity for public input, to ensure all necessary safeguards have been taken into consideration. To learn more about the mining process, visit the regulatory process page.