21 Sep 2013
September 21, 2013

Good News for Mining in Congress

September 21, 2013

Mesabi Daily News

Two key Minnesota members of Congress stood up for mining on the Iron Range recently. We applaud their efforts in Washington.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar took on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ regarding their permitting process.

She urged the agency to speed up its permitting review for Minntac’s expansion project, which needs a hurry-up from federal officials.

Meanwhile, 8th District Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan supported a Republican-sponsored bill that would streamline the permitting process for rare earth minerals used in telecommunications, military technology, health care and energy.

That is vital to the Iron Range because PolyMet and Twin Metals copper/nickel/strategic metals projects would benefit.

Read more: http://www.virginiamn.com/opinion/editorials/article_1be45664-2329-11e3-b551-001a4bcf887a.html?_dc=795854491647.3329