Mixed feelings on proposed mining PEIS

By KBJR News 1

May 21, 2014 Updated May 21, 2014 at 9:56 PM CDT

Iron Range, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A number of environmentalists in the Northland want a broad environmental impact statement done by the US Forest Service on the effects of mining in northern Minnesota.

Some environmental groups, like Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness and founders of Sustainable Ely, want the forest service to prepare a programmatic EIS, or PEIS, on mining in our region to show how the land, water, and community are directly affected.

However, elected democratic officials like Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton say that it is quote, "totally unnecessary," and is a delaying tactic in the progress of mining.

But special interest groups say their concerns are significant.

"We're concerned to harm to not only the recreational value of the wilderness, but the local community and the local economy," said Becky Rom, founder of Sustainable Ely.

At the Aurora City Council meeting this week the council unanimously approved a strongly-worded resolution against the proposed PEIS for northern Minnesota and the Superior National Forest.