MOUNTAIN IRON, Minn. (AP) — 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.
U.S. Steel plans to expand the taconite mine by 483 acres to allow the facility to continue producing taconite pellets for another 16 years.READ MORE: Clean Car Debate At Minnesota Capitol May Lead To Summer Closures Of State Parks, Trails
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued a water quality permit for the expansion last week while the Department of Natural Resources issued an updated permit to mine.READ MORE: Marietta's Salt Lake Is A Paradise For Birds And Bird Watchers
The expansion still requires a wetlands permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Spokesman Patrick Moes says the Corps hopes to make a decision on that this spring.
A joint statement from the company and the United Steelworkers union says the project represents $40 million of investment and 100 jobs.MORE NEWS: COVID In MN: Gov. Walz To Announce On Thursday His Timeline To End All Restrictions
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