Dayton: Session On Steelworker Aid 'Imperative' Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday underscored his call for "imperative" action on a steelworker emergency assistance plan, pointing to the idling of another mining operation as evidence of a growing crisis in northern Minnesota needing attention in a special session.
Cliffs To Temporarily Shut Down Second Mining PlantCliffs Natural Resources says it will temporarily shut down a second plant, Northshore Mining, in northeastern Minnesota.
Steel Dynamics Idles 2 Iron Range Operations, Cuts 200 Jobs More layoffs were announced Tuesday on northern Minnesota's Iron Range, this time at Mesabi Nugget in Hoyt Lakes and Mining Resources in Chisholm. Their Fort Wayne, Indiana-based parent company, Steel Dynamics Inc., said in a statement that the operations are being idled effective immediately, meaning the loss of about 200 positions for at least two years.
EPA Rejects Variance For Mesabi Nugget Iron Plant The federal Environmental Protection Agency has reversed itself and rejected a water quality variance for the Mesabi Nugget iron processing plant near Hoyt Lakes. Environmentalists and Chippewa bands had challenged the EPA's 2012 decision to grant the variance. They said it improperly allowed the plant to exceed state standards for pollutant discharges.
EPA Reverses Decision On Mesabi Nugget VarianceThe federal Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to reverse its approval for a variance that lets the Mesabi Nugget iron processing plant near Hoyt Lakes violate Minnesota water quality standards but said Tuesday that the state and company will get the chance to reapply.
Minn. Taconite Prospects Bright For 2014 And 2015 Prospects look bright for Minnesota's iron mining industry in 2014 and 2015 after a dip in production this year. State officials expect 2013 will end with production of about 38.9 million tons of taconite.
Mesabi Nugget Restarts After Maintenance ShutdownThe Mesabi Nugget plant will resume production, after it was shut down for maintenance earlier this month.