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Our Opinion: Sulfide mining is bad for state

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Who needs it? That’s what we say about copper-nickel mining in Minnesota.

While it would bring jobs to the Iron Range area, that type of mining is an environmental disaster waiting to happen.

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We were willing to keep an open mind about it, but now state regulators are saying a proposed copper-nickel mine in northeast Minnesota would generate water pollution for up to 500 years and require billions of dollars in long-term cleanup costs, according to the Star Tribune.

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