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Public Comments on DNR Review of Siting Rule for Nonferrous Mines


All comments submitted regarding the DNR's review of the siting rule for nonferrous mines will be considered by the DNR.

The DNR is seeking comments specifically related to the following question:

With express consideration of how Minn. R. 6132.2000, subp. 2A and subp. 3A fit within the broader context of all applicable environmental protection in state and federal law regulating nonferrous mining, are the exclusion of mining in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) set forth in Minn. R. 6132.2000 subp. 2A, and the prohibition of surface disturbance in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Mineral Management Corridor as set forth in Minn. R. 6132.2000, subp. 3A adequate to protect the BWCAW from pollution, impairment, or destruction or should further restrictions on mining be extended to all or part of the Rainy River- Headwaters defined as HUC 09030001?


DNR will consider the comments it receives prior to making a final decision on whether the state’s existing nonferrous mine siting rule (Minnesota Rule 6132.2000 Subparts 2A and 3A) is adequate to protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) from pollution, impairment or destruction from potential mining within the Rainy River Headwaters watershed.


Please be advised of the following:

    - Comments on the DNR’s review of the siting rule for nonferrous mines will be accepted through December 8, 2021.

    - All comments will become part of the public record of the DNR’s review of the siting rule for nonferrous mines. Comments submitted during the public comment period are considered public data under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, Minnesota Statutes Chapter 13.

    - Comments submitted through this online system will not be visible to other commenters.


    - The online comment form can accept comments up to 9,999 characters in length and can accept up to 4 attachments of 20MB in size. If your comment exceeds these limits, please send your comments via U.S. mail to the address below. If you are using the text-only version of this form, please mail any attachments to the address provided below.


Comments may be submitted no later than December 8, 2021 by U.S. mail to:

MN Department of Natural Resources
ATTN: Nonferrous Mine Siting Rule
500 Lafayette Road N, Box 45
St. Paul, MN 55155-4045