Defending Minnesota’s Pristine Boundary Waters
In March, the U.S. Forest Service announced plans to significantly downgrade its study on the risks posed by sulfide-ore copper mining to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness—reducing the promised Environmental Impact Statement to a less rigorous Environment Assessment. Sulfide-ore copper mining is one of the most toxic industries in America. The toxic pollution from these mines would flow right into the Boundary Waters and pollute the pristine wilderness for generations to come. More than 18,000 Environmental Action supporters signed our petition to help gain permanent protection for the Boundary Waters, and demand the U.S. Forest Service prepare a comprehensive study of the disastrous impacts of introducing harmful sulfide-ore copper mining on the edge of America’s most visited Wilderness.