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Paulsen Statement on USDA Boundary Waters Decision

WASHINGTONCongressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it would remove a significant roadblock to copper-nickel mining in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness:

“This decision threatens the Boundary Waters – Minnesota’s Yellowstone – by ending an ongoing environmental assessment evaluating the threat posed by sulfide mining on the doorstep of America’s most-visited wilderness area,” said Congressman Paulsen. “I call on Secretary Purdue to reconsider this decision and ensure the future of this fragile ecosystem is guided by science.”

UPDATE: Congressman Paulsen has written Secretary Purdue directly to convey his concerns with this decision. The letter to the Secretary can be viewed in full here.

Paulsen Letter to Purdue on BWCA (09/17/1803:28 PMET )