Minn. Asking Feds For More Relief For Laid-Off Iron Range WorkersGov. Mark Dayton and key members of Minnesota's congressional delegation are asking the federal government to expedite approval of extended unemployment benefits for workers laid off from companies that serve iron mining industry.
EPA To Investigate How MPCA Regulates Iron MiningThe federal Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to investigate the allegations in a petition that seeks to strip the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency of its authority to regulate water pollution from mining.
Findings Mixed In Iron Range Lung Cancer StudyUniversity of Minnesota researchers say taconite workers face an increased risk of a rare form of lung cancer, and it's higher the longer they're on the job. But they can't say for certain if dust from the state's iron mining and processing operations causes it.