GOP probes feds’ meeting with greens on Minn. mining project

By Nidhi Prakash (E&E News)

House Republicans are investigating a planned meeting between Interior Department officials and environmental groups in 2021 to discuss mining near Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Earlier this year, the Biden administration blocked new mining on 225,000 acres in the Superior National Forest for 20 years in part to protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The administration had already canceled leases for the proposed Twin Metals copper and nickel mining project.

In a Monday letter to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and Bureau of Land Management Director Tracy Stone-Manning, Republicans on the Natural Resources Committee requested information on the administration’s decision and discussions between high-level staff — including then-Interior Deputy Secretary Tommy Beaudreau — and The Wilderness Society.

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