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Feds keep proposed Minnesota copper mine plan alive

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Trump administration has resurrected an effort to build the proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota.

Last December, the Obama administration declined to renew the long-standing leases that the company needs for the underground mine it wants to build near Ely. But an in opinion published Friday, a top attorney at the U.S. Interior Department concluded the Bureau of Land Management erred last year when it concluded that BLM had the power to grant or deny the lease renewals.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports the reversal means the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service must reconsider Twin Metals' 2012 lease renewal application.

Twin Metals said Friday it is still reviewing the new decision. The proposed site sits upstream from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Jobs for Minnesotans released a statement saying in part.

"A positive step for advocates of fair process for economic development and job creation in Northern Minnesota." 

Meanwhile, Save the Boundary Waters plans to challenge this decision in court saying in part.

"It runs contrary to fact, contrary to the law, and contrary to the views of Minnesota voters who love the Boundary Waters and rely on it for thousands of jobs, world-class hunting and fishing, and some of the cleanest water on Earth."

Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mprnews.org

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