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Minntac in Mt. Iron Waiting for Permits

Updated: 08/26/2014 10:23 PM
Created: 08/26/2014 7:28 PM WDIO.com

Minntac is the largest mine in the Northland. And according to Senator Al Franken, it's the largest mine in the world.

When we took a look inside the massive mine pits, mine managers told us its 11 miles between the edges of the East and West Pits.

And U.S. Steel wants to continue to mine even more. They have applied for permits to extend their East Pit about 483 acres. This will extend the life of the mine by at least 16 years, according to company leaders.

The company has the necessary state permits. But they are waiting on a crucial wetlands permit from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. 

Franken sent a letter to the Corp last fall, urging them to issue this in a timely manner. 

After his tour on Tuesday, he said he would make some calls when he got back to Washington to get this done.

His challenger, Mike McFadden, who is a Republican, weighed in on the topic over the phone. "I want them to get that extension. It's unacceptable that they are still waiting for a permit from the federal government," he told us over the phone. 

Minntac officials said they have all the plans ready, and can move rock as soon as the final permits are issued. The company has invested millions in equipment and manpower for this extension.

Also, Franken and McFadden both said the recent International Trade Commission ruling on duties on foreign steel is a positive thing.

McFadden told us that Franken isn't really fighting for the mines, since he voted for the Export-Import Bank, which is supporting a large loan to help an iron ore project in Australia. 

Franken responded that he did vote for the Bank, but the iron ore project was the one thing he wasn't for.

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