USFS completes review of potential mining impacts in Superior NF; prospecting permits could be issued

MINNEAPOLIS — The U.S. Forest Service said Tuesday it has completed a final environmental impact statement on the effects of prospecting for copper, nickel, platinum and related minerals in the Superior National Forest of northeastern Minnesota, clearing the way for a federal agency to issue 29 drilling permits near Ely.

If the Bureau of Land Management issues the permits, the prospecting would have to abide by the protections specified in the final environmental impact statement that was posted online Tuesday, the Forest Service said.

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