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Essar Response to the DNR Statement

Essar is responding to the comments made by the DNR last week. Essar is responding to the comments made by the DNR last week. |  Photo: WDIO File

Updated: June 12, 2019 09:22 AM

Essar has sent a response to the comments made by DNR Deputy Commissioner Barb Naramore, about how the company has no credibility with the agency.

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This all started when a consultant with Essar did an interview with WDIO about the project and the proposed partners on Wednesday last week.

Here is the full statement from Essar:

"Every day's delay in restarting the Nashwauk project is another day of lost jobs, lost income for families, lost revenue for the state, the county and the Range, lost production for steel producers who want to buy Minnesota iron ore products and lost opportunity to stabilize and grow the economy of the Range.

"We are ready to make this restart a reality; after investing $1.8 billion in this project, we stand ready to invest hundreds of millions more in its completion. We've assembled a world-class team to lead that effort in support of Mesabi Metallics; they're ready to begin work on a two-year timetable that will bring this plant to life. We've heard from hundreds of community leaders on the Range - elected officials, labor leaders, business owners - who are ready as well; they know firsthand the opportunity that exists and what may be lost for a generation.

"We are disappointed that the only party who isn't ready to move forward is the DNR who seems hellbent on re-litigating, mis-characterizing the past and discrediting the current efforts to complete the project. Even so, we are ready to sit down with the department at the earliest opportunity to chart a path forward."

The project in Nashwauk broke ground in 2008 under Essar leadership. It went through many starts and stops, and then Essar filed for bankruptcy in 2016.

The DNR has said in their statement, they remain committed to seeing the ore body developed.

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