St. Louis County Board votes to oppose a PEIS for precious metals mining

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St. Louis County Board votes to oppose a PEIS for precious metals mining

June 25, 2014 Updated Jun 25, 2014 at 2:19 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The St. Louis County Board went on record today voting in opposition of a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement in the Superior National Forest by the United States Forest Service.

On Wednesday, Commissioners, approved a resolution 6-0 with Commissioner Frank Jewell abstaining, several Commissioners noted it is an advisory resolution only, and the matter will likely be decided by the courts.

The resolution approved today states that proposed nonferrous mining projects and other mines within the Superior National Forest are already subject to rigorous and responsible environmental oversight by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and relevant federal agencies, a PEIS would duplicative and unnecessarily costly, and a deliberate stall tactic to slow the process.

In approving the resolution, commissioners noted it is consistent with previous advisory resolutions passed.

Numerous other communities, along with state representatives from the Iron Range and U.S. Representative Rick Nolan have all stated their opposition to a PEIS.

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