Sen. Smith's Amendment Would Complete PolyMet Land SwapSen. Tina Smith has proposed an amendment to force completion of a land swap needed for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine.
30-Day Comment Period Opens On PolyMet Mine Dam PermitsEnvironmental groups have already objected, saying the dam design has changed substantially from what was described.
Crews Working To Contain 1,000 Acre Wildfire On The Iron RangeOfficials on the eastern Iron Range say a wildfire there is estimated to be about 1,000 acres in size and crews are working to contain the flames.
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.
Lawmakers Debating If PolyMet Should Front Mine Clean-Up CostsMinnesota lawmakers are debating whether the PolyMet Mining Corporation should put up hundreds of millions of dollars for future cleanup before the company even mines its first load of ore.
Water Contamination A Major Topic At Mine HearingMinnesota wildlife managers say fewer wolves are being shot or trapped for predator control.
37-Year-Old Man Killed In ATV Accident Near AuroraA 37-year-old Cloquet, Minn. man has been killed in an ATV accident in St. Louis County, according to the county's sheriff's office.
PolyMet Environmental Report Sent To RegulatorsA long-awaited environmental report on a proposed copper-nickel mine for northeastern Minnesota has been released to state, federal and tribal agencies for review.