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On Monday, April 23, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed HF 3280 to eliminate the wild rice sulfate standard.

The wild rice sulfate standard has been portrayed as a threat to Minnesota’s iron mining industry. But state regulators have already committed to take steps so that current industries are not adversely impacted.

Eliminating this water quality standard, just as the state’s first ever copper-nickel mine enters final stages of permitting, will mean fewer safeguards against water pollution for the Polymet project and future proposals near the Boundary Waters.

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