First Comment Period on Mining Study Comes to Close

The first public comment period on the study of risks to the Boundary Waters region from sulfide-ore copper mining ended on August 17. Here’s a quick video explaining the process. Over 126,000 comments were submitted. That's a record high level of public engagement in any environmental review process in Minnesota and further shows the importance of protecting the BWCAW and Voyageurs from this threat.

Read the comments VNPA submitted to the Forest Service and thank you to those who submitted their own.

This recent comment period helps to launch a two-year science-based environmental review of the region’s unique water-based ecosystem and will help determine if the Rainy River watershed is the wrong place for sulfide-ore copper mining.

Voyageurs and the BWCAW are national treasures, of immeasurable value to people in Minnesota and across the United States. Clean water is the foundation of Minnesota’s natural heritage. Voyageurs National Park Association fully supports this two-year environmental review which is essential to allow federal agencies and the public to examine the science.

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