Nolan: “I’m committed to protecting the BWCA, the environmental review process and all our waters”
U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today released the followed statement:
“As an original cosponsor of the legislation that established the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) as a wilderness area - which prohibits any commercial development, mining or otherwise, in the wilderness - I am forever committed to protecting the BWCA, the environmental review process and all the waters of Minnesota and the Nation.
I support responsible mining and the rigorous, thorough environmental review process that each and every project proposal must go through. And the fact is, you can’t go through that process without a specific proposal. To be clear, there is no specific mining project at this point on the Superior National Forest lands that are proposed to be withdrawn from mining – and the U.S. Forest Service’s decision denies the opportunity for a project before there is even any project to review. Denying any business activity before you know what it is – and what kind of pollution abatement technology they will use or how effective it will be – lacks common sense and subverts the good, thorough and elaborate environmental review process we have in place.
I have consistently received high marks on scorecards from environmental groups – including 100% from the National Parks Conservation Association. I’m proud of my work. We have the cleanest water in the state; we’re proud of it and we’re going to keep it that way. And we’re not going to ban mining, manufacturing and commercial development – provided they go through the established process necessary to meet all of the required environmental standards.”