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Congresswoman Betty McCollum

Representing the 4th District of Minnesota

McCollum Statement on Representative Nolan’s Efforts to Undo Boundary Waters Protections

February 1, 2017
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement on Representative Rick Nolan’s letter encouraging President Donald Trump to overturn protections for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness:

“For years, I have worked alongside tens thousands of Minnesotans and Americans to protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness from the unacceptable risk of pollution from sulfide-ore copper mining. In December, President Obama rejected a Chilean-owned company’s effort to renew 50-year-old leases adjacent to the Boundary Waters and Voyageurs National Park and took additional steps that would protect the BWCA from dangerous mining. That decision was a victory for every Minnesotan who cares about preserving clean water, clean air, and pristine wild lands.

“Given that recent triumph, I am deeply disappointed that my colleague Representative Rick Nolan is now asking the Trump administration to reverse the Obama administration’s decision and once again put our Boundary Waters at risk. Particularly disturbing is that Representative Nolan thinks the Trump administration will make its decision using ‘science and facts,’ which puts an outrageous amount of faith in an administration that denies climate science and has openly peddled ‘alternative facts.’

“Representative Nolan’s assault on this natural treasure is misguided. Minnesotans can count on me to stay the course and keep fighting every day to protect our Boundary Waters from polluters, the Trump administration, and politicians who stand with it.”