Freedom of Information Act Request – Department of the Interior

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October 31, 2013. Email correspondence from Elena Fink, Acting Deputy, State Directory of Natural Resources, Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Email relates to proposed agenda and meeting dates with Twin Metals. Contact PRM to view entire document.
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November 6, 2013. Email correspondence from Jeffery Nolder of BLM about resources for creating a report related to core hole drilling in the area generally known as the Duluth Complex. Duluth Metals (DM) recommended as a source because information provided “would be both reliable and legally defensible.” Contact PRM to view entire document.
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November 6, 2013. Email correspondence from Dean Gettlinger of BLM about proposed meeting dates with Twin Metals. Contact PRM to view entire document.
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November 7, 2013. Email correspondence from Elena Fink, Acting Deputy, State Directory of Natural Resources, BLM. Email relates to proposed meeting dates with Twin Metals. Contact PRM to view entire document.
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November 12, 2013. Email correspondence from Elena Fink, Acting Deputy. State Directory of Natural Resources, BLM. Message proposes meeting dates with Twin Metals the week of December 9-13, 2013.
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November 20, 2013. Email correspondence from Twin Metals about project coordination for meeting between and Twin Metals and Northeastern States Field Office of BLM; other agencies.
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November 20, 2013. Email correspondence from Elena Fink, Acting Deputy State Directory of Natural Resources, BLM, regarding revised meeting agenda with Twin Metals.
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November 20, 2013. Email and letter from Alex Ward of Jenner & Block (Jenner & Block LLP) about BLM renewal of leases MNES-01352 and MNES-01353. Letter states that after a review of the leases, cannot find anything to indicate that BLM is contractually obligated to renew leases. Contact PRM to view the complete document.
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November 21, 2013. Email correspondence from Alex Ward of Jenner & Block, LLP regarding updates on the NEPA documents available for public review. Contact PRM to view entire document.
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November 22, 2013. Email from Dean Gettinger of BLM regarding Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA) comments concerning Twin Metals’ application to obtain special use permit. Contact PRM to view entire document.
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November 21, 2013. Email correspondence from Jill Bathke of MCEA regarding potential environmental impacts stemming from Twin Metals’ special use permit to construct, test, and maintain up to 13 hydrogeologic wells in Superior National Forest.
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November 25, 2013. Email from Elena Fink, Acting Deputy State Director, Natural Resources, BLM about agenda for Twin Metals project meeting.
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November 26, 2013. Email from Elena Fink, BLM, regarding revised agenda for Twin Metals project meeting, and efforts to coordinate BLM, the USFS, MN DNR and MPCA.
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April 30, 2012. Document from Mark Storzer of BLM. Decision Record, Non-Statutory Categorical Exclusion (CX), DOI-BLM-ES-0030_2012-00014-CX, Operating Plan Modification, MNES 001352.
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April 30, 2012. Document from Mark Storzer of BLM. NEPA Categorical Exclusion Documentation.
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February 24, 2012. Amended Plan of Operations, Federal Lease MNES-01352. Submitted by Franconia Minerals, LLC on behalf of the Birch Lake Join Venture.
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May 22, 2012. Email from Mark Storzer (BLM) to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about EIS filing and publication.
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June 7, 2012. Email correspondence from Kurt Wadzinski (BLM) regarding review for the EIS for 29 prospecting permits within the Superior National Forest in Minnesota. Contact PRM to view entire document.
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September 10, 2012. Email correspondence from Kurt Wadzinski (BLM) regarding notice of publication (in the Duluth News Tribune) of Record of Decision (ROD) for the EIS related to 29 prospecting permits within the Superior National Forest.
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September 20, 2012. Press Release of BLM ROD. Decision for Federal Hardrock Mineral Prospecting Permits within Superior National Forest.
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September 17, 2012. Correspondence from Dr. John G, Lyon (BLM) about adopting the Federal Hardrcok Mineral Prospecting Permits Project.
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September 20, 2012. Email correspondence from Kurt Wadzinski (BLM) regarding the final signed ROD for the Federal Hardrock Mineral Prospecting Permits within the Superior National Forest. Request to post on public website. Contact PRM to view entire document.
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September 20, 2012. Email correspondence from Kurt Wadzinski (BLM) regarding ROD for the Federal Hardrock Mineral Prospecting Permits within the Superior National Forest. Attached is the legal notice to appear in the Duluth News Tribune and request to post to website. Contact PRM to view entire document.
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September 20, 2012. Email correspondence from Davida Carnahan to Kurt Wadzinski (BLM) regarding the ROD for the Federal Hardrock Mineral Prospecting; posting to public website. Contact PRM to view entire document.
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August 31, 2012. Email correspondence from Mark Storzer (BLM) regarding ROD release to public on Thursday, September 20, 2012.
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September, 2012. BLM ROD for Federal Hardrock Mineral Prospecting Permits, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Superior National Forest, NEPA# DOI-BLM-ES-0030_2011-0008- ROD.
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January 3, 2013. Email correspondence form Mark Storzer (BLM) regarding revisions to ROD introductory section. Contact PRM to view entire document.
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June 4, 2013. Email correspondence from Andrew Tkach (BLM) about hardrock mining and NEPA in Minnesota, as well as Twin Metals’ future plans.
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August 1, 2013. Email correspondence from Dean Gettlinger (BLM) regarding initial MNDNR EAW review letter to Twin Metals Minnesota.
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July 31, 2013. Correspondence from Melissa Doperalski, Environmental Review Planning Director, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to Twin Metals Minnesota about their initial data submittal for the bulk sample project environmental assessment worksheet. Contact PRM to view entire document.
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September 6, 2013. Email correspondence from Theresa M. Bodus (BLM) about proposed activities of Twin Metal Minnesota. Contact PRM to view entire document.
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September, 2013. Report, United States Department of the Interior, BLM Categorical Exclusion, Twin Metals Minnesota Small Pit Samples.
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September 6, 2013. Email correspondence from Dean Gettlinger (BLM) about recommendations regarding the level of NEPA to be be conducted related to both the Twin Metals Minnesota Lease Renewals and the proposed Inco Shaft Bulk Sampling project.
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September 6, 2013. Memo about recommendation for NEPA analysis related to Twin Metals Minnesota Lease Renewal and the INCO Shaft Bulk Sample project.
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September 19, 2013. Email correspondence form Derek Strohl (BLM) about Twin Metals FEIS, noise issues, and GIS data from Twin Metals.
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September 26, 2013. Email correspondence form Derek Strohl (BLM) about template for Twin Metals lease renewal; EA.
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October 17, 2013. Correspondences from Jarrod Kellogg (BLM) about Twin Metals Mineral Lease Renewal, Birch Lake, and ground disturbance at Bois Forte band’s land; letter from Bill Latady, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Bois Fort Band of Ojibwe.
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January 28, 2013. Meeting agenda (draft) for NorthMet Project; Tribal Sieve list.
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April 03, 2013 powerpoint slides, EPA Questions/Comments on GoldSim Model Review, Discussion with Cooperating Agencies.
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October 16, 2012 Document, Polymet NorthMet Project, 3rd Tuesday Tribal Cooperating Agency Teleconference, agenda.

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May 6, 2011 Document, Air Impact Planning Summary Memo, NorthMet Supplemental EIS covers impact assessment, key issues, short-term construction emissions, railcar dust and spillage, NEPA Requirements for GHG Evaluations and Potential impacts from Climate Change.
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July 11, 2012 document, NorthMet EIS Project, Meeting to discuss Sieve list – final meeting attendees by person and phone.
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April 11, 2013 Interacgency Memo from Co-lead agencies project managers to Cooperating and Participating Agencies in the NorthMet Project EIS PolyMet Mining, inc., and their contractors about NorthMet Environmental Impact Statement Co-lead agencies’ consideration of west pit backfill alternatives.
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March 25, 2013 Handwritten document of Groundwater Flow equation Derivation “Darcy’s Law” by BARR

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January 28, 2013 Draft of NorthMet Project Tribal Sieve List Meeting agenda and attending parties.
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July 11, 2012 Document, Final Meeting Attendees for NorthMet EIS Project Meeting to Discuss Sieve List.
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April 11, 2013 Interacgency Memo from Co-lead agencies project managers to Cooperating and Participating Agencies in the NorthMet Project EIS PolyMet Mining, inc., and their contractors about NorthMet Environmental Impact Statement Co-lead agencies’ consideration of west pit backfill alternatives.
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July 29, 2012 Draft of NorthMet Project Tribal Sieve List Meeting agenda notes
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June 30, 3011 document, Water Resources/Surface Water Impact Assement Planning Summary Memo, NorthMet Project EIS by the MDNR, USACE and USFS – collectively known as the Co-lead agencies prepared memo as the concluding step in the impact assessment planning.
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June 1997, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, legal documents, Secretarial Order 3206, American Indian Tribal Rights, Federal-Tribal Trust Responsibilities, and the Endangered Species Act
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March 22, 2012 Biological Opinion report, Hardrock Minerals Prospecting Permits, U.S. Forest Service, prepared by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Twin Cities Field Office. The report is regarding the effect of the proposed Hardrock Minerals Prospecting Permits on Canada lynx and lynx critical habitat.
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March 23, 2012, cover letter correspondence from Tony Sullins, Field Supervisor, Fish and Wildlife Services for Biological Opinion report, Hardrock Minerals Prospecting Permits, U.S. Forest Service, prepared by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Twin Cities Field Office. The report is regarding the effect of the proposed Hardrock Minerals Prospecting Permits on Canada lynx and lynx critical habitat.
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May 1, 2013 correspondence from Tony Sullins, Field Supervisor, Fish and Wildlife Services to Superior National Forest District Rangers Brian Pentecost, about the biological assessment and biological evaluation for the proposed Mesabi Black Quarry grout stockpile expansion project and it’s impact on the federally threatened Canada lynx.
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May 15, 2013, report: Minnesota local road wetland replacement program, federal in-lieu fee prospectus prepared by Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources.
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November 1, 2013 correspondence from Pete Fasbender of the Fish and Wildlife Service, Twin Cities Field Office to Tamara Cameron of Department of the Army Corps of Engineers about Biological Opinion (BO) about the planned mining activities impact on the on the federally threatened Canada lynx.
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May 15, 2013 correspondence from Pete Fasbender of the Fish and Wildlife Service, Twin Cities Field Office to Tamara Cameron of Department of the Army Corps of Engineers about request for concurrence of Not Likely to Adversely Affect Canada Lynx Section 404 Permit Application for Minntac proposal to extend their open pit mining operations.
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April 1, 2013 correspondence from Pete Fasbender of the Fish and Wildlife Service, Twin Cities Field Office to Tamara Cameron of Department of the Army Corps of Engineers about the proposed expansion of Minocra by 52 acres in St. Louis County and the impact on the federally threatened Canada Lynx.
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June 7, 2013 email correspondence from Marc Fink about Biological Opinion (BO) about the planned mining activities impact on the on the federally threatened Canada lynx.
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March 8, 2013 notice by Mark Van Every of the Superior National Forest seeking public comment on proposed mineral exploration of private reserved mineral right on the Kawishiwi Ranger District in Township 62 North.
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May 11, 2012 report, Biological Evaluations for Ramasa Mineral Exploratory Drilling FY 2012- Duluth Metals Inc. prepared by Susan C. Catton, Kawishiwi District Wildlife Biologist.
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May 11, 2012 cover letter from Susan C. Catton, Kawishiwi District Wildlife Biologist
to Tony Sullins, Field Officer Supervisor about Biological Evaluations for Ramasa Mineral Exploratory Drilling FY 2012- Duluth Metals Inc. The analysis finds that the project “may effect but is not likely to adversely affect Canada lynx or its critical habitat.” Includes attachment of Plans of Operations, Ramsa Project and map of existing roads, water sources and proposed drill pad sites for Ramsa Project.
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April 13, 2013 correspondence letter from Tony Sullins, Field Supervisor, Fish and Wildlife Services to Jill Bathke at the Army Corps of Engineers about the request for concurrence regarding the proposed application for Clean Water Action Section 404 permit for the Unites States Steel – Minntac mine western progression project.
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April 25, 2013 correspondence letter from Tony Sullins, Field Supervisor, Fish and Wildlife Services to Jason Kuiken of Chippewa National Forest about biological assessment for the proposed Jessie Lake Pit Expansion Project in the Chippewa National Forest.
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January 23, 2012 correspondence letter from Tony Sullins, Field Supervisor, Fish and Wildlife Services to Timothy Dabney of Superior National Forest about request initiating of formal section 7 consultation under the Endangered Species Act for the Hardrock Minerals Prospecting Permits Project on Canada lynx, gray wolf and their critical habitats.
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May 29, 2012 correspondence letter from Tony Sullins, Field Supervisor, Fish and Wildlife Services to Mark Van Every at Superior National Forest, Kawishiwi Ranger District about Biological Evaluation for the Ramasa Mineral Exploration Project in Kawishiwi Ranger District and it’s impact on Canada lynx.
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March 30, 2012 correspondence letter from Tony Sullins, Field Supervisor, Fish and Wildlife Services to Eric Wirz at Superior National Forest about proposal to conduct exploratory diamond core drilling at four sites within the Kawishiwi Ranger District and it’s impact on Canada lynx, bald eagles, and wetland disturbance.
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NorthMet EIS project Tribal Sieve List Draft 09/14/2012
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NorthMet EIS Project Tribal SIEVE LIST. Draft September 14, 2012.
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Minnesota local road wetland replacement program. Federal in-lieu fee prosoectus. Revised May 15, 2013.
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Email from Alan Dohmen of the USDA Forest Service to Tamara Smith of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding a requested biological opinion request. June 7, 2012.
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Notice seeking public comments on proposed mineral exploration plan
submitted by Dulth Metals for an area in the Kawishiwi Ranger District. March 8, 2012.
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Plan of operations, Ramasa Project (Duluth Metals). January 2012.
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Twin Metals memo on CX and NEPA. May 3, 2013.
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Email of Harvey Blank of DOI to Kendra Nitta of DOI regarding Twin
Metals memo of May 3, 2013.
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Message from Karen Hawbecker, Associate Solicitor, Divisios of Mineral Resources regarding meeting about Twin Metals leases in Superior National Forest.
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Various internal DOI emails related to Twin Metals project. The
proposed project is referred to as a mine that would be “one of the largest underground mines anywhere.” Contact PRM to view entire document.
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Golder Associates Draft Technical Memorandum. Bulk Sample Project –
Scope of work for historical material characterization. August 12, 2013. Contact PRM to view document.
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Various internal DOI emails regarding Duluth Metals and Emcampment
Resources. Contact PRM to view entire document.
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Hardrock Mineral development contract involving Duluth Metals Limited. Contact PRM to view document.

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Revised acreage for table 8
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Mineral ownership table
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1.5.1 Federal hardrock mineral prospecting permits
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Letter from Dan Colton of Twin Meals to Stephen Mahoney of DOI regarding Twin Metals minerals leases and NEPA analysis. May 3, 2013. Contact PRM for access to the document.

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Twin Metals project overview presented to BLM and USFS. July 2 2012.
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Descriptions of various permits relevant to Twin Metals project
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Prospecting Permit issued to Ernest Lehman. August 23, 2005. Contact PRM to view document.

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Letter from Kate Lehman of Lehman Exploration to Timothy Best of BLM
regarding an amendment to MNES 054387 prospecting permit. December 11, 2006. Contact PRM to view document.

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Various internal DOI emails circa 2013. “SOL Email Group 4.” Contact PRM to view entire collection.

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Various internal DOI emails circa 2013. “SOL Email Group 5.” Contact PRM to view entire collection.

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“Information Memorandum for the Secretary” relating to exploration and
leases for hardrock minerals on the Superior National Forest” plus
introductory e-mail from mark Storzer of BLM. June 20, 2012.
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“Information Memorandum for the Secretary” relating to exploration and
leases for hardrock minerals on the Superior National Forest” plus
introductory e-mail from mark Storzer of BLM. June 20, 2012.
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“Information Memorandum for the Assistant Secretary for Lands and Minerals Director” relating to hard rock exploration activities in northern Minnesota.
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Map of BLM mineral status, including prospecting permits held by Duluth Metals, and various Preference Rights Leases and Prospecting Permits of Twin Metals.
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E-mail of October 22, 2013 from Michael Glasson of BLM to various BLM personnel. E-mail relates to BLM task force to evaluate economics of hardrock mining in the eastern states and Minnesota.
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Document labeled “Active Mineral Companies Superior National Forest.”
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John Lyon of BLM e-mail about mineral leases in the Ely area (June 13, 2012) “The minerals in the ELy, Minnesota area are leasable under the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920 and the Mineral Leasing Act for Acquired Lands of 1947 The royalty is negotiable, but the tradition is 5%.”
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E-mail of June 13, 2012 from Neil Kornze to various BLM staff relating to royalty rates for minerals in Ely area.
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2012 BLM press release about the issuance of 29 prospecting permits within Superior National Forest.
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Letter from Dr. John Lyon of BLM stating that “I have decided to issue 29 prospecting permits on the Superior National Forest based on the consent of the surface managing agency, the U.S. Forest Service
The BLM Record of Decision does not propose or authorize mining. The prospecting permits authorize mineral exploration only.”
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March 25, 2013 memo on land exchange issues involving the BWCAW and Superior National Forest.
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Duluth Metals briefing document, circa 2011
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Annie Harrington of Patton Boggs contacts Stephen Mahoney on Oct 11, 2012 about a pending deal wherein Duluth Metals would acquire Encampment Minerals. Contact PRM to view document.

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Information memorandum for the Assistant Secretary for Lands and Minerals and Director. From john Lyons, BLM.
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Hardrock Mineral Development contract between Duluth Metals and Idea Driling. Contact PRM to view entire document.
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E- mail from Harvey Blank of DOI’s SOL to Stephen Mahoney of SOL regarding “companies involved with Maturi Minerals in MN.” May 28, 2013. List of companies include Duluth Metals, Franconia Minerals, Beaver Bay, Lehman Exploration, Birch Lake Joint Venuture, Antofangasta, PLLC, Encampment Minerals.
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Schematic of TMM corporate structure.
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Document: “Next steps in TMM’s Project Development”
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Power Point: Twin Metals meeting with BLM and USFS July 2, 2012. Displays Twin Metals corporate structure at time, including unaffiliated
DMC (USA) company.
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Information memorandum for the Assistant Secretary Lands and Minerals Director on hardrock exploration activities in northern Minnesota. Memo notes that Twin Metals and Duluth Metals own adjoining properties, with Twin Metals focused on development, and Duluth Metals focused on further exploration.
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E-mail from Janet Lin, BLM chief of staff. May 6, 2013. In regard to northern Minnesota mining and Twin Metals, “it is important to recognize that this is not a local issue in that we do need to look at this in a broader context of what we are doing”
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E-mail from John Lyon to Mark Storzer, March 22, 2012. “Twin metals is one of three companies that is engaging BLM and USFS on leasing issues related to a large copper, silver, gold, cobalt and platinum/palladium group metals (PGM) play in northwest Minnesota north of Ely. There are several rich deposits that are likely linked, and current indicators are for over 2.3 billion tons of proven ore. This is a very rich and extensive deep mine prospect, and the operators are working very hard with the public and federal/State agencies for orderly and thoughtful development and environmental stewardship.”
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Email from Andy Spielman of Hogan, Lovells to Mark Storzer of BLM. April 2, 2012. A “world class project.” “Because this project may well involve issues of first impression, we expect legal and policy officials in Washington to have questions of us as you consider this project.” E-mail requests briefing with Twin Metals executives.
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Letter of April 22, 2013 from Dan Colton of Twin Metals to Tony Herrell of BLM. Letter includes a list of TMM’s active requests and applications pending before BLM.
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E-mail of July 23, 2013 from Eric Wirz of the Forest Service to Theresa Bodus of BLM. E-mail forwards correspondence and documents from Minnesota DNR regarding DNR concerns with Twin Metals’ “Mineral Characterization Plan.” In the correspondence, Zach Wenz of DNR asserts that Twin Metals has included “no plans for treatment of high sulfide rocks.”
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E-mail of August 11, 2013 from Gregory Fontaine of Leonard, Street to various Twin Metals and agency personnel. E-mail asserts that Twin Metals’ grab sample project at the INCO Shaft will be limited to 11 5-gallon samples, and will not “be considered a major federal action triggering NEPA.” Contact PRM to view document.

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E-mail of August 11, 2013 from Gregory Fontaine of Leonard, Street to various Twin Metals and agency personnel. E-mail asserts that Twin Metals’ grab sample project at the INCO Shaft will be limited to 11 5-gallon samples, and will not “be considered a major federal action triggering NEPA.” Corrected version of e-mail follows, sent after initial distribution. Contact PRM to view document.

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E-mail of August 12, 2013 from Greg Fontaine of Leonard, Street to various Twin Metals and agency personnel. E-mail presentes Twin Metals’ revised work plan for the grab sample project on Federal Lease 1352 (the INCO Shaft). Corrected version of an August 11, 2013 e-mail from Greg Fontaine follows initial distribution. Contact PRM to view document.

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E-mail of August 30, 2013 from Gregory Fontaine of Leonard, Street to various BLM personnel. E-mail relates to the coordination of grab sample activities at the INCO shaft in September of 2013. E-mail also inquires about steps toward Twin Metals’ proposed hydrogeologic study and bulk sample projects.
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E-mail of August 22, 2013 from Michael Kunz of Minnesota DNR to Gregory Fontaine and various state and federal agency personnel. E-mail relates to DNR approval of Twin Metals’ revised work plan for its historical minerals characterization project.
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E-mail of September 10, 2013 from Thereas Bodus of BLM to Dean Gettinger
of BLM. E-mail provides an update on the results of Twin Metals’ grab sample project. Bodus notes that “First hole in MN test pits encountered large boulder size rocks. Rocks are covered with obvious oxidization andsecondary mineralization, as well as what Ryan believed to be oil.”
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E-mail of September 26, 2013 from Thereas Bodus of BLM to Dean Gettinger
of BLM. E-mail relates to the “resumption of sampling” in anticipation of a possible government shut-down. Bodus notes that Twin Metals is seeking a “proxy” for the Forest Service in the event of a shut-down. E-mail also sets out BLM shut-down plan.
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Various BLM e-mails of September 26 and 27 in reaction to Twin Metals’ inquiry about using DNR employees for oversight of grab smaple work in lieu of BLM personnel in the event of a government shut-down.
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E-mail of September 27, 2013 from Dean Gettinger of BLM to Theresa Bodus of BLM. E-mail permits Twin Metals to proceed with grab sample project without a BLM representative present, with provisos.
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E-mail of September 27, 2013 from Greg Fontaine of Leonard, Street to various BLM and Minnesota DNR personnel. E-mail relates to authorization to proceed with the grab sample project in the event of a federal government shut-down. E-mail notes that Minnesota DNR personnel have agreed to provide field supervision in lieu of BLM personnel if BLM is closed.
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Letter of September 30, 2013 from BLM to Twin Metals. Letter notes that BLM received Twin Metals’ modified project proposal for the “draft Historical Materials Characterization.” Letter notes that the project was taking place in the Superior National Forest, and that Twin Metals had halted the project, with Forest Service approval. Letter notes that process adjustments are approved for seven pits associated with the project. Letter also notes that two additional pits sought by Twin Metals were “not approved at this time.”
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E-mail of October 18, 2013 from Theresa Bodus of BLM to various agency personnel regarding the resumption of the Twin Metals grab sampling project.
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Letter of September 30, 2013 from Dean Gettinger of BLM to Renan Argandona of Twin Metals. Letter states that BLM has received the project modification proposal for the Draft Historical Materials Characterization, which includes modifications made after the original project was halted by Twin Metals. The letter constitutes BLM approval for the resumption of activity. Relates to mineral lease MNES-1352, on land in the Superior National Forest.
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Story on Chip Cravaack introducing legislation to trade land in BWCAW to feds in exchange for giving the state land in the Superior National Forest. The bill would drop the requirement that an EIS be prepared before a land swap. E-mail notes that this may be related to Minnesota Attorney General request for document (attached).
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Letter of March 25, 2013 from Gregory Fontaine of Leonard, Street to Theresa Bodus of BLM. Letter sets out Twin Metals’ plan of operations for Federal Lease MNES 01352. Plan involves additional drilling (35 holes) at four sites (three existing and one new).
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Letter of March 25, 2013 from Renan Argandona of Twin Metals to Theresa Bodus of BLM. Letter relates to proposed drilling activities on Lease 1352.
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Document: Twin Metals Minnesota needs a renewal decision before its two federal mineral leases expire December 31, 2013.”
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March 31, 2012 e-mail from John Lyon of BLM to Mark Storzer of BLM, regarding Twin Metals pursuit of simplified lease.
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Dan Colton to BLM (June 14 2012) about meeting to discuss upcoming projects, including renewal of Maturi West (lease 1352) and hydrogeologic monitoring.
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E-mail of October 29, 2013 from Theresa Bodus of BLM to Dean Gettinger of BLM regarding early notes on Twin Metals desire for a lease renewal, plus related NEPA.
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Letter of October 16, 2012 from Franconia Minerals and Beaver Bay to BLM regarding application for renewal of Federal Leases 1352 and 1353.
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Memorandum from BLM Acting Field Manager Northeastern States Field Office, September 6, 2013. Memo sets out recommendations that an environmental assessment be required for the renewal of leases MNES 1352 and 1353, as well as for the bulk sample project proposed for the INCO Shaft.
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Letter of September 10, 2013 from Twin Metals to BLM seeking resolution to pending lease renewal applications for federal leases MNES 1352 and 1353.
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September 24, 2013 letter from BLM to Twin Metals noting that BLM is still reviewing renewals for leases 135.
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E-mail of October 21, 2013 from Dean Gettinger of BLM to other BLM personnel regarding the environmental review of lease renewals for Federal Leases 1352 and 1353.
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Memorandum of September 4, 2013 stating that an environmental review is appropriate for lease MNES 1352 because the original lease was approved prior to the pasage of the NEPA law in 1969, and the lands have “never been fully evaluated to determine the environmental impacts of potential ground disturbing activities.”
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E-mail of September 10, 2013 from Alexandra Hogan of Hogan, Lovells to various agency and Twin Metals personnel. E-mail introduces a letter from Twin Metals regarding lease renewals 1352 and 1353.
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E-mail of September 11, 2013 from Dean Gettinger of BLM to Theresa Bodus of BLM. E-mail notes that “Dr. Lyon gave me the go ahead for us to proceed on the EAs for both the TMM lease renewal and the INCO Bulk Sample project.”
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E-mail of September 24, 2013 from Robert Gillcash of BLM to various BLM employees, regarding a phone message from Jenner, Block on behalf of their client Northeastern Minnesotans for Wildlife. Inquiry related to status of lease renewals in the Superior National Forest.
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E-mail of September 30, 2013 from Theresa Bodus of BLM to various BLM personnel regarding the status of the license renewals for federal leases 1352 and 1353. Bodus also notes that Twin Metals has submitted proposals for additional drilling along Birch Lake.
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Letter from Jessica Rubido to Franconia Minerals and Beaver Bay stating that BLM s working on permit renewals for MNES-1352 and 1353. Rubido notes that “the leases will in fact not expire, so long as the BLM is dilligently working on the renewal of the two leases.”
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E-mail of November 20, 2013 from Elena Fink of BLM to Alex Ward of Jenner and Block regarding the environmental assessment (EA) for Federal Leases 1352 and 1353. Fink notes that the EA will be available in early December.
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Letter of May 21, 2013 from Jennifer Biever of Hogan, Lovells to Dean Gettinger of BLM. Letter seeks to help develop a master cost recvoery agreement between BLM and TMM.
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Document entitled “Superior National Forest Federal Hardrock Minerals Prospecting Permits FEIS/ROD Permit Application 55306.” Document details dispute between Lehman Exploration Management and Twin Metals, and the BLM over permit 55306. Lehman and Twin Metal assert that the BLM and Forest Service incorrectly dropped permit 55306 from the Federal Hardrock Minerals Prospecting Permits EIS in May of 2012. Document notes that “Lehman and TMM are concerned that this will subject them to additional delay, expense, and public scrutiny.”
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TMM’s Preference Right Lease Application for prospecting permits MNES 50562 and MNES 50846 – executive summary.
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Power Point slides related to Twin Metals hydrogeologic monitoring project.
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June 22, 2012 e-mail from Dan Colton to Mark Strorzer regarding whether BLM will need to issue formal minerals authorization for lands where there is no existing prospecting permit, as well as whether Forest Service needs to do an environmental assessment prior to the proposed hydrogeologic well study.
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E-mail from Mark Storzer of BLM to Stephen Mahoney of SOL and other BLM staff. July 16, 2012. E-mail includes a message chain that lays out Twin Metals opinion that their planned hydrogeoloic study would not require additional NEPA review. BLM’s Brenda Halter notes that BLM will continue to look into “what level is NEPA is appropriate.”
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US Forest Service background document on Twin Metals hydrogeologic testing plan, circa June 29, 2012.
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Document: “Estimated Fiscal Year and Quarter of Start/Completion of Mineral Projects”
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Document: “Federal Hardrock Minerals Prospecting Permits FEIS/ROD 55306.”
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E-mail of July 2, 2013 from Mark Storzer of BLM to Theresa Bodus of BLM relating to background on Twin Metals lease renewals, including questions of whether hydrogeologic wells constitute “exploration.”
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E-mail of November 1, 2013 from Robert Gillcash of BLM to various BLM personnel. E-mail relates to questions about the proposed Twin Metals’ hydrogeologic study posed by Rachel Garwin.
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E-mail of November 1, 2013 from Michael Glasson of BLM to other BLM personnel. E-mail relates to questions of environmental review regarding Twin Metals’ proposed hydrogeologic testing. Glasson notes that “My opinion Bob is that the ongoing EA has nothing to do with what they wish to do. It would be approved under the existing lease.”
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E-mail of November 1, 2013 from Robert Gillcash of BLM to other BLM personnel. In e-mail, Gillcash responds to information provided by Michael Glasson on hydrogeologic testing and environmental review.
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E-mail regarding acreage of Leases 1352 and 1353. November 13, 2013.
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E-mail of November 1, 2013 from Theresa Bodus of BLM to various BLM personnel. E-mail notes that hydrogeologic plans are not tied to lease renewals on federal leases 1352 and 1353.
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E-mail from Mark Storzer of BLM to Stephen Mahoney of SOL and other BLM staff. July 16, 2012. E mail includes a message chain that lays out Twin Metals opinion that their planned hydrogeoloic study would not require additional NEPA review. BLM’s Brenda Halter notes that BLM will continue to look into “what level is NEPA is appropriate.”
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Power “Point overview of Twin Metals (TMM) bulk sample project. “TMM needs an initial bulk sample of up to 1000 tons as soon as possible to continue pilot plant testing of the innocative metallurgical process for separation and recovery of metals” TMM will need a second 50,000 ton sample to demonstrate project feasibility. TMM is possibly interested in opening the INCO Shaft for bulk sampling.
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Letter of July 31, 2013 from Mellisa Doperalski of DNR to Twin Metals, notifying Twin Metals that its Environmental Assessment Worksheet for its bulk sample project is incomplete.
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BLM recommendation for NEPA analysis. September 6, 2013.
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E-mail correspondence between Becky Rom and BLM regarding proposed hydro wells in Superior National Forest. August 13, 2013.
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E-mail from Dean Gettinger to Becky Rom stating that information on Preference Right Lease Applications is not available for public release. August 13, 2013.
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Document: “Summary of Points on the Federal Hardrock Mineral Prospecting Permits Final EIS and Record of Decision.”
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