OUR VIEW: SAFE MINING? GUESS WE DON’T WANT TO FIND OUT
Duluth News Tribune
January 31, 2023
Can copper and other metals critical to our transition to a greener economy be mined safely in Northeastern Minnesota, and without harming the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness?
Frustratingly, the administration of President Joe Biden has decided it would rather not know. Regardless of any proposal or any advance made in modern mining, it is choosing not to find out.
Instead of considering mining proposals individually on their scientific and other merits — as has been responsibly happening for more than a century, with the Iron Range and Northeastern Minnesota continuing to be home to some of the state’s cleanest, most pristine waters — Biden’s Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Thursday signed a blanket public order that sticks a head in the sand on mining in our region, even modern mining using the latest in technology, best practices, and the most advanced science.
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