Opponents of a state plan to auction off the mineral rights in three areas of northeastern Minnesota hope to force an environmental review. They'll file a petition Tuesday asking the DNR to study the effects of mineral prospecting in the areas. They say it could affect water quality and property values near the sites in St. Louis, Lake, and Aitkin Counties.
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2 suspects involved in Brooklyn Park armed carjacking
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Man sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for child pornography
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Female wolf illegally killed in Voyageurs National Park
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Storm fells tree in Coon Rapids, splitting house in two
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2-year-old dies in farming accident in western Wisconsin
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One killed, four injured in I-90 crash after power line falls
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Critics of minerals exploration leases to file petition
Environmental advocates in northeastern Minnesota plan to file a petition with the DNR on Tuesday, taking issue with the state's plans to auction off more metallic minerals exploration leases, the Associated Press reports. Critics fear new prospecting and mining could dramatically endanger the environment, including drinking water, trout streams and recreation trails. About 140 have signed it, but it wasn't immediately clear what effect the petition might have on the leasing process.
Environmental review of PolyMet mine could be ready for public in October
PolyMet Mining wants to open a copper and nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. The company has been working with the Environmental Protection Agency on how the project will meet air and water quality standards. Congressman Chip Cravaack says a supplemental environmental impact statement could be released to the public in October.
Bill in Legislature would roll back environmental review for Magnetation iron ore plant
Company officials say they'll comply with federal emissions rules but say the state's environmental review process and mercury regulations would hold up construction for too long. They say that unless lawmakers cut the environmental review, they'll build the plant in a different state.
Mineral leases for proposed Twin Metals mine near Boundary Waters canceled
A review by the DOI found "significant legal deficiencies" with the leases' 2019 renewal.
Plan to drop environmental reviews for Magnetation shelved
Instead of waiving some environmental reviews, state lawmakers will offer to speed them up in hopes of luring Magnetation's iron pellet plant to northern Minnesota. The company is looking at building the plant in Wisconsin or Indiana to avoid a permitting process it considers strict and cumbersome.
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