Rep. Emmer fast tracks bill to remove environmental protections in Minnesota


This week Representative Emmer introduced a proposal to exempt Minnesota from federal environmental protections.  

His proposal:

* Reinstates the Twin Metals mineral leases on the edge of the Boundary Waters. (The U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management denied the renewal of these mineral leases because they determined that sulfide mining in this water-rich environment was too risky without further study.)?
* Prohibits federal agencies from withdrawing mineral leases unless approved by Congress.
*Exempts Minnesota from presidential authority to establish national monuments, a designation that gives special places protected status. This would make Minnesota the only state without this capability. 

Rep. Emmer's proposal doesn't have a bill number yet (it is called a Discussion Draft), but it was taken up by the Energy and Minerals Subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee -- on Thursday.

We need you to call (or email below) your U.S. Senators and Representatives and tell them to actively oppose Representative Tom Emmer's proposal:

  • Senator Amy Klobuchar: 202-224-3244
  • Senator Al Franken:  202-224-5641


Please tell them that you oppose Tom Emmer's proposal to make Minnesota the only state not to benefit from federal agency science-based environmental protections. 


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