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Groups ask for review of mining impact around Lake Superior


MADISON (WKOW) -- A coalition of 59 groups is asking the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) to conduct a broad review of the cumulative effects of expanded mining in the Lake Superior basin.

The groups, from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, made the request in a letter to the EPA's regional administrator in Chicago, Susan Hedman. They're asking the federal agency to study the long-term effects of a proposed iron mine in northern Wisconsin, as well as copper mines proposed or planned for northeastern Minnesota and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

An attorney for the Minnesota group Water Legacy says they want the EPA to study how multiple new mining projects might combine to adversely impact Lake Superior. One of Water Legacy's main concerns is mercury pollution.

An EPA spokeswoman says the agency is reviewing the letter.

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