Wednesday, June 30, 2021
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Rep. McCollum Budget Provision Would Protect Boundary Waters from Sulfide-Ore Copper Mining

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Our Boundary Waters ally and champion in Congress, Rep. Betty McCollum, is fighting to protect the Boundary Waters via a provision she included in the Department of the Interior budget appropriations bill this week to prevent sulfide-ore copper mining on the edge of the Wilderness

This is great news for the Boundary Waters! 

The Boundary Waters is currently threatened by proposed sulfide-ore copper mining from Chilean mining conglomerate Antofagasta's Twin Metals project. A provision from Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) in the Interior Appropriations bill would protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) by barring the Department of the Interior from using funds to advance sulfide-ore copper mining in the Rainy River Watershed, the area upstream from the Boundary Waters. The project was terminated by the US Forest Service in 2016 because it posed an inherent risk of unacceptable damage to an irreplaceable Wilderness. 

Section 435 of the Interior Appropriations bill states: "None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used to review or approve a mine plan proposed within the Rainy River Watershed of the Superior National Forest." 

MN Rep. Betty McCollum also introduced a bill entitled “The Boundary Waters Wilderness Protection and Pollution Prevention Act” in the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 2794) in April 2021. The intent of that bill is to permanently prevent sulfide-ore copper mining on federal lands in the Rainy River Headwaters watershed which drains into the BWCAW and Voyageurs National Park. You can find her summary of the bill here.  We are thankful for the continued leadership demonstrated by Rep. McCollum. 

The Biden administration is currently reviewing the history of the leases and the Trump administration's actions surrounding Antofagasta's Twin Metals project, including the unlawful reinstatement of terminated mineral leases and the last minute cancellation of a study to determine the impact of sulfide-ore copper mining in the watershed of the Boundary Waters. 

The dangerous Twin Metals mine proposal should never have been resurrected by the Trump administration, and Save the Boundary Waters is working every possible avenue to defeat this toxic mine and protect the Boundary Waters forever. 

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