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The company expects to break ground at Keetac or Minntac this fall.
The study will inform the federal government on whether to place a 20-year ban on that type of mining in the watershed.
During a Friday, May 6, visit to St. Paul, Haaland said she couldn’t disclose if her agency would allow the proposed mine to move forward after the Interior canceled two mineral leases for Twin Metals, the company that wants to develop the mine. The secretary of the interior wasin Minnesota to announce nearly $9 million in federal funding for urban parks in the state.
Following the U.S. Department of the Interior's cancellation of federal mineral leases associated with the Twin Metals project, the DNR has stopped work on the state's environmental review.

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Last year, the administration initiated a mineral withdrawal for the same watershed as the Boundary Waters.
It's the second time the Center for Biological Diversity has filed such a lawsuit.
PolyMet is planning an open-pit mine, tailings basin and processing facility near Hoyt Lakes and Babbitt. The mine would be the first of its kind in Minnesota.
Proponents of Twin Metals descended on the nation's capitol this week in an effort to prevent a two-year delay from becoming permanent protection of thousands of acres outside the Boundary Waters.
The move bans new leases for at least two years and could lead to a 20-year mineral withdrawal. The move does not immediately target Twin Metals' existing leases.
Researchers have spent the last eight years combing through waste rock at Hill Annex Mine State Park in Calumet.

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State agency says additional requirements not met, continues lease termination.
Minnesota Supreme court upholds lower court's reversal of PolyMet's permit to mine, but reverses the lower court's decision to require additional hearing on several other issues.
Last week in the Minnesota Senate, Republican lawmakers made a move to lift the state's moratorium on nuclear power, and one local legislator wondered if mining country wouldn't be the best place to locate a nuclear plant.

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