“This is an important first step on the road to permanent protection,” Becky Rom, national chairperson of the Campaign to Save Boundary Waters, said in a statement. “The appropriate next step for the administration is to revoke the two Twin Metals leases that the Trump administration illegally reinstated.”
“It’s a victory for drinking water. A victory for science, the law and for the millions of people who have experienced the wonders of the Boundary Waters, “Chris Knopf, executive director of Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, said in a statement.
“This national treasure must be protected by sound scientific principles, not by the whims of special interests or industry. Today, the Biden administration has indicated that it will do just that,” Knopf said.
But U.S. Republican Representative Pete Stauber, who represents northeast Minnesota, accused Biden of “putting politics above science” and reneging on campaign promises to bring more jobs. mining in the region and securing America’s mineral supply chain. He vowed to try to reverse the decision.
“Today’s announcement further proves that the Biden administration and the Democrats in Congress are incapable of doing what is right for union members and working families in northeastern Minnesota,” said Stauber in a statement.