Nolan takes Republicans on a tour of Range mining sites

Congressman Tom Emmer of Minnesota, Paul Gosar of Arizona and Bruce Westerman of Arkansas share a laugh with Congressman Rick Nolan during a press conference in Mountain Iron Monday afternoon. The four representatives met with local, county and state officials Monday to talk about the need to reverse a forest service decision to not renew drilling leases with Twin Metals in Ely.

PolyMet, in the midst of a legal battle over a federal land exchange for a proposed copper-nickel mine on the East Range, has a bipartisan group of congressmen ready to push the swap through as law.

Congressman Rick Nolan, D-Minn., introduced a bill Thursday that would finalize the land exchange between the company and the U.S. Forest Service, potentially crippling lawsuits from environmental groups and clearing one of the major issues for the Northmet project near Aurora and Hoyt Lakes.

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