Brazilian President Michel Temer on Monday revoked a decree signed earlier this year that would have opened a large area in the Eastern Amazon region to mining. The Renca minerals area covering parts of Pará and Amapá states was originally created as a research-only reserve in 1984. Earlier this year, Temer signed a decree that would have opened the area to mining. The region is thought to be rich in gold, copper, manganese and iron ore. The decision to open the area led to domestic and international protests by environmentalists. In September, Temer modified the original decree in efforts to placate concerns among environmentalists. Monday, Temer simply revoked the original decree, once again making the Renca area a reserve.
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