Protect boundary waters from new threat

Emily Slatter

The Boundary Waters are under threat from a new, dangerous type of mining that could release sulfuric acid into the water, destroying ecosystems and ruining its pristine nature. Especially here in the Twin Cities, we need protected wilderness areas where we can escape from the modern world and appreciate the beauty of nature. The Boundary Waters gives us quality family time and individual reflection. If we allow the Boundary Waters to be polluted by mining, where will we have left? More than 100 sulfide mines have already been proposed, and the mining industry is pushing to move the permitting process forward. The EPA has the authority to step in and protect the Boundary Waters. As Minnesotans, we must call on EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to protect one of our greatest treasures here and stop any mining near the Boundary Waters.