Interior emails tied to Boundary Waters spark questions

By Hannah Northey (E&E)

The Interior Department’s plans for top staffers to meet environmentalists in 2021 and discuss protections for Minnesota’s pristine Boundary Waters from a controversial mining project — an issue the green group had already sued over — is attracting fresh scrutiny from conservative watchdogs.

Interior Deputy Secretary Tommy Beaudreau and other agency officials planned to meet with representatives of the Wilderness Society to talk about potential sulfur-ore copper mining near the Boundary Waters, according to emails obtained under the Freedom of Information Act and shared with E&E News.

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