Environmental Groups Sue Minn. Over Minntac PollutionThree environmental groups have sued the state of Minnesota, accusing it of letting North America's largest taconite mining operation pollute lakes and streams for decades.
Union Expects Recall Soon Of All Laid Off Minntac WorkersThe United Steelworkers union says it expects all laid off employees at U.S. Steel's Minntac mine to be recalled in the next two weeks. In a statement on the Local 1930 website, local president Lowell Carlon says the company has already recalled 68 maintenance and other employees in preparation.
US Steel To Idle Part Of Minntac; 680 Layoffs ExpectedU.S. Steel Corp. said Tuesday it plans to idle part of its Minntac plant at Minnesota's biggest iron mine, resulting in about 680 layoffs. It's the latest symptom of a downturn in the American steel industry that has taken a heavy toll on the Iron Range of northeastern Minnesota.
Minntac Gets Final Permits Needed For ExpansionU.S. Steel has received the final federal permits necessary to move ahead with expanding its Minntac iron mine and processing facility in Mountain Iron. A joint announcement from the company and the United Steelworkers union says the 483-acre expansion will allow the state's largest taconite operation to keep operating for around 16 more years.
US Steel Gets State Permits For Minntac Expansion United States Steel Corp. has now received the state permits it needs to expand its Minntac mine at Mountain Iron but is waiting on one remaining federal permit.