The U.S. Department of Agriculture canceled the withdrawal Thursday, saying its review did not reveal any new scientific information. It says interested companies may soon be able to sign mineral leases in the watershed.
“It’s our duty as responsible stewards of our environment to maintain and protect our natural resources,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in a statement. “At the same time, we must put our national forests to work for the taxpayers to support local economies and create jobs.”
Nancy Norr, of Jobs for Minnesotans said the benefits of mining activity and the jobs it will bring to the region is the most important thing.
“Appropriately named organization when you’re talking about the potential for thousands of new jobs associated with future mining activity in the Superior National Forest in Northern Minnesota,” she said.