The discussion surrounding Minnesota’s sulfate standard to protect wild rice is extremely important to our industry, but it also has the potential to impact the entire state of Minnesota. This video provides a nine-minute summary of the issue, featuring presentations from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and other environmental experts who conducted an independent study of the sulfate standard. The video was produced by the Iron Ore Alliance in cooperation with Minnesota Power and the Iron Mining Association. Its purpose is to share information that was presented at meetings about Minnesota’s water quality standard in October 2014.
MINE, an Iron Range publication dedicated to the mining industry, has won first place in the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in the “Special Sections” category. Launched in 2013, MINE is a collaborative effort of the Mesabi Daily News, Hibbing Daily Tribune, Grand Rapids Herald-Review, and Chisholm Tribune Press. The Iron Ore Alliance would like to thank and congratulate the staff of MINE for being an important voice for our industry. The sixth issue of MINE will be published in late February.
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar recently received a well-deserved award from the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), recognizing her support of steel jobs. After a major push from Klobuchar last summer, the International Trade Commission voted to impose penalties on Korean companies for dumping steel products into the United States. We are appreciative of Sen. Klobuchar and the cast of other Minnesota public officials who were instrumental in supporting America’s 583,000 steel-related jobs, including 10,400 in Minnesota.
The Iron Ore Alliance held a reception with Minnesota legislators on February 5 in Saint Paul. The event included discussions between U. S. Steel, the United Steelworkers, and legislators about issues important to iron mining, including the need to revise Minnesota’s sulfate standard to protect wild rice, and the importance of Buy American legislation. 2015 will likely be a critical year for iron mining in Minnesota. We are grateful for the legislators who attended our reception, and look forward to working together to support our important industry.