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Vote coming on bill meant to lift mining moratorium near BWCA

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -

A vote on a bill that would do away with a moratorium on mining near the Boundary Waters is expected Thursday.

Earlier this month, a House committee passed the Minnesota's Economic Rights in the Superior National Forest Act, sponsored by Republican Congressman Tom Emmer.

The bill would eliminate a decision by the Obama Administration to revoke mining exploration leases from Twin Metals, which hopes to establish a copper nickel mine near the BWCA.

Supporters say the company should have a chance to apply for an environmental review.

Environmentalists say runoff from the mine could harm the Boundary Waters.

A vote was expected Wednesday, but was pushed to Thursday.

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