Minnesota Mining Subcabinet visits Iron Range mining operations

October 05, 2012

EVELETH, Minn. – A visit by the Minnesota Mining Subcabinet to the Iron Range this week allowed lead officials from four state agencies to see mining projects first-hand and discuss current and future mining challenges, Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board Commissioner Tony Sertich said today.

The Minnesota Mining Subcabinet, created by the Dayton administration to address mining issues in a cooperative manner, on Thursday and Friday held meetings at several existing and planned Iron Range mining operations, participating in discussions on a variety of topics.

“The fact that commissioners and senior staff from four state agencies met with mining companies right here on their home turf is unprecedented,” said Sertich. “These are the agencies that work directly with mining companies and all stakeholders in developing and regulating mining projects. By being here, Mining Subcabinet members displayed the commitment of the Dayton administration to roll up our sleeves and work hard to help create good-paying jobs in northeastern Minnesota.”

The Minnesota Mining Subcabinet is composed of members of the Department of Natural Resources, Pollution Control Agency, Department of Employment and Economic Development, and Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board.

The visit included meetings and discussions at PolyMet Mining Co., Cliffs Erie, Mesabi Nugget, Twin Metals, United States Steel Minntac Mine, Essar Steel Minnesota and Magnetation, Inc.

Topics discussed include existing and potential uses of the former LTV Steel Mining Co. property; current and future environmental review and permitting issues; school trust land and royalties; market conditions, and legislative issues.

The Minnesota Mining Subcabinet ensures that state agency actions/decisions on existing or proposed mining projects are on track, timely and well-coordinated; maintains communication among state agencies on legislative issues related to mining; and establishes and maintains effective relationships with federal agencies on mining-related matters.

“In being on the Iron Range, the Mining Subcabinet exhibited the pro-active approach the Dayton administration is taking to see how we as a state can help grow businesses,” said Sertich.

Governor Mark Dayton on Wednesday also was on the Iron Range as part of his statewide jobs tour, visiting Magnetation’s Plant2 near Bovey and holding a roundtable discussion at the Natural Resources Research Institute Coleraine Minerals Research Laboratory.

IRRRB is a state economic development agency headquartered in northeastern Minnesota whose mission is to promote and invest in business, community and workforce development for the betterment of northeastern Minnesota.