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U.S. Forest Service denies Minnesota request for unreleased research on copper mining impacts


April 16, 2020

Brian Peterson – Star Tribune file

Drillers for Twin Metals at a site near the Kiwishiwi River pull a core sample from the drill pipe.

The U.S. Forest Service has denied Minnesota's request for the research from an aborted federal study about the impacts of copper mining on the Superior National Forest and its Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Commissioner Sarah Strommen requested the unreleased research in a letter last month to Bob Lueckel, regional head of the Forest Service in Milwaukee. Her agency needs the research, she wrote, because it is in charge of doing an in-depth environmental review of the copper-nickel mine plan that Twin Metals Minnesota has submitted.


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