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Biden cancels 2 controversial mining leases near Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

The Interior Department on Wednesday announced the cancellation of two mine leases in Minnesota that had been granted under the Trump administration.

The department renewed Twin Metals Minnesota’s leases for hardrock mineral mining near northeastern Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in 2019. In a legal opinion Wednesday, the department’s Office of Solicitor ruled that the department improperly renewed them.

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