St. Paul, Minn. (Sept. 6, 2018) – Jobs for Minnesotans today released the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture announcement that it has cancelled the proposed mineral withdrawal in northern Minnesota.
“Today’s announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is the right decision for Minnesota’s future and validates the existing environmental review process – which states the proper time to evaluate potential impacts of mining projects is after they have been proposed. This action upholds what Minnesotans who believe that a mining economy can coexist with a treasured environment have been saying for nearly two years. This is a significant win for our way of life in Minnesota, where we have a long history of balancing these interests. We’re thankful to everyone who has helped us achieve today’s action.
“As the highest consuming nation in the world of these minerals, it’s irresponsible to put a world class deposit in the Duluth Complex off limits. We fully agree with the importance of upholding good review processes for the interests of all Minnesotans, a belief held by our state’s more than 130-year-old mining industry. This action removes a cloud of uncertainty for potential mining interests in the region, preserving a future for responsible mining that creates careers for the next generation, invests in our communities and supplies our nation with essential metals.”
About Jobs for Minnesotans
Jobs for Minnesotans, a coalition representing business, labor and communities, supports statewide opportunities for prosperity and middle-class jobs from sustainable natural resource development in Minnesota. The organization is committed to the principle that our state can preserve both job opportunities and the environment for future generations. Jobs for Minnesotans was co-founded in 2012 by the Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council representing 55,000 workers and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce representing 2,300 companies and 500,000 employees. For more information, visit jobsforminnesotans.org, follow @JobsforMN on Twitter and find the coalition on Facebook.com/Jobs4MN.
Media Contact: Nancy Norr, Chair