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McCollum and Grijalva Statement on U.S. District Court Decision Further Endangering Boundary Waters

March 18, 2020
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), Chair of the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, and Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, issued the following statement today following the decision by the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., to uphold the Trump administration’s revival of previously-cancelled mining leases in the Rainy River Watershed in northern Minnesota:

“The U.S. District Court’s decision to side with the Trump administration and reinstate the Twin Metals leases is yet another attack on science and on our nation’s public lands and waters. The leases in question were issued by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1966, and after 50 years without any activity, the U.S. Forest Service decided the leases were no longer in the federal government’s interest. Experts determined that sulfide-ore copper mining under these leases would cause irreparable harm to the Boundary Waters and its surrounding watershed on federal lands. The leases should have never been reinstated, and doing so was yet another signal from the Trump administration that they will do anything to cater to corporate interests while leaving America’s national treasures – and the American people’s best interests – behind.”  

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