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Boundary Waters Could Feel Effects of Change to Clean Water Act
Minnesota regulators could lose a key tool for protecting the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness from a large copper-nickel mine under a federal proposal now at the White House.

The changes to the Clean Water Act are aimed at preventing delays on big federal projects — such as pipelines, dams and mines — by limiting the ability of states and tribes to study their effect on water quality in what’s called a Section 401 certification.

If the changes are similar to last year’s proposal by the EPA, they will strip states and tribes of much of their authority to ensure projects comply with local rules for protecting lakes, streams and wetlands.

 
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