Duluth News Tribune
The Bureau of Land Management proposed renewing hardrock mineral leases in the Rainy River Watershed near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness on Thursday, initiating a 30-day comment period.
The BLM’s proposal includes new stipulations on the leases in its “proposed action” while the “no-action alternative” would renew the leases under the same conditions as the leases’ last renewal in 2004.
Proposed changes were outlined in an updated environmental assessment released Thursday. Comments on the assessment will be accepted through Jan. 22.