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Trump administration renews long-mothballed mining leases near Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Interior Department on Wednesday renewed two long-mothballed leases near the Boundary Waters Wilderness area in Minnesota, a key step in opening up the popular wilderness and recreation area to copper mining despite heavy opposition from local and national conservation groups.


The department’s Bureau of Land Management granted the hardrock mineral leases inside the Superior National Forest to Twin Metals Minnesota LLC, a subsidiary of Chile’s Antofagasta, with the aim of expanding domestic mining of “critical minerals” used in common appliances and products, saying it is beneficial to national security because it reduces foreign imports.


https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-interior-copper/trump-administration-opens-up-minnesota-wilderness-area-to-copper-mining-idUSKCN1SL2C5

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