Ryan Zinke

Environment

Newly confirmed interior secretary suppressed information on pesticide risks, documents show

When Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke stepped down in January amid multiple ethics probes, his deputy secretary, David Bernhardt, filled in. Now, as the longtime oil and agribusiness lobbyist formally takes the reins at the Interior Department, criticism is mounting over alleged conflicts of interest and government documents indicate that Bernhardt interfered with a key US Fish and Wildlife Service report that detailed the risks pesticides can pose to endangered species.

Environment

Mining threatens Minnesota's pristine Boundary Waters

The Obama administration had put a temporary stop to copper-nickel mining on the edge of Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, pending environmental review. The Trump Interior Department reversed this policy, raising concerns about pollution in this hugely popular area that has been part of the National Wilderness Preservation System since 1964.

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Environment

Mining threatens Minnesota's pristine Boundary Waters

The Obama administration had put a temporary stop to copper-nickel mining on the edge of Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, pending environmental review. The Trump Interior Department reversed this policy, raising concerns about pollution in this hugely popular area that has been part of the National Wilderness Preservation System since 1964.