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Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) released the following statement in regards to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service’s refusal to renew Twin Metals’ federal mineral leases for the proposed copper-nickel mine near Ely, MN.

“I am incredibly disappointed that the outgoing Administration has once again acted in poor-faith during their last days in power. Today’s announcement is yet another example of Washington democrats putting politics over what is best for Minnesotans. Twin Metals would bring a much needed boost to the Iron Range, create nearly a thousand new jobs, and introduce millions of dollars to the local economy. I am confident that the incoming Administration will undo the damage the Obama Administration continues to enact as their parting gift to the American people so we can get Minnesotans back to work.”