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Twin Metals gives virtual project update

ELY, MN -- Twin Metals submitted its mine plan in December of 2019, and that kicked off a years-long review process involving both state and federal agencies. On Tuesday, the company gave an update on where the project stands right now.

In a virtual meeting, Twin Metals officials gave some background information on the project, which aims to mine copper and nickel underground outside the Boundary Waters area. They also explained what the next several years could look like as the review process plays out.

"We will be doing a lot of baseline studies, a lot of environmental data collection over the next months, as well as modeling on all of the data that we collect now and that we've collected over the past decade," said Julie Padilla, Chief Regulatory Officer for Twin Metals. "We will submit those baseline studies and all of that data and they will use that information to help support their scoping process and preparing for public hearings and comments."

The scoping process helps determine what will be part of the environmental review and answers a lot of questions about what the agency and the public need to see during the review process.

Actual permitting comes at the end of the process. Once the company gets through a final environmental impact statement the agencies can formally enter into that permitting process.

Right now Twin Metals officials said the project is a long way out from getting to any final decisions.

You can view the full presentation here.

Kristen Vake

Anchor, Reporter

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