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The Iron Range | MN

Eleven mining facilities are currently operating, or under construction on the Minnesota Iron Range. They are listed below in alphabetical order.

Quick Facts | U.S. Geological Survey data

In 2012, the U.S shipped 53.2 million metric tons of iron ore

97% shipped from Minnesota and Michigan

The estimated price for 2012 was $101/metric ton

For more information visit individual company websites (provided below) and the following:

State Agency Website | Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Additional Information | The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy is actively monitoring these Iron Range operations. To read a recent Sierra Club report on the track record of the taconite industry, click here.

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Mining Operation | ArcelorMittal Minorca, Virginia, MN

Status | Active – Operated by ArcelorMittal

Type of Mine/Plant | open pit — iron ore mining and processing

Output | 2.8 million tons/yr

Employees | 344

Company Website | www.usa.arcelormittal.com/Our-operations/Mining/Minorca/line_blk55

Mining Operation | Essar Steel Minnesota, Nashwauk, MN

Status | Permits Received, Under Construction (anticipated opening late 2014) — Operated by Essar Steel

Type of Mine/Plant | open pit — iron ore mining and processing

Anticipated Output | 7 million tons/yr

Employees | n/a

Company Website | www.essarsteelmn.com/line_blk55

Mining Operation | Hibbing Taconite, Hibbing, MN

Status | Active – Operated by ArcelorMittal, Cliffs Natural Resources, U.S. Steel

Type of Mine/Plant | open pit — iron ore mining and processing

Output | 9.1 million tons/yr

Employees | n/a

Company Website | www.cliffsnaturalresources.com/EN/Pages/default.aspxline_blk55

Mining Operation | Magnetation, Inc., plant 1, Keewatin, MN

Status | Active (2009)- Operated by Magnetation, Inc.

Type of Mine/Plant | Iron ore processing from tailings

Output | 400,000 metric tons/yr

Employees | n/a

Company Websitewww.magnetation.com/line_blk55

Mining Operation | Magnetation, Inc., plant 2, Bovey, MN

Status | Active (2012)- Operated by Magnetation, Inc.

Type of Mine/Plant | Iron ore processing from tailings

Output | 1.2 million metric tons/yr

Employees | n/a

Company Websitewww.magnetation.com/line_blk55

Mining Operation | Mesabi Nugget, Hoyt Lakes, MN

Status | Active (2009)- Operated by Steel Dynamics Inc.

Type of Mine/Plant | iron ore processing, seeking permits for an open pit mine on the former LTV Steel ore body

Output | 500,000 metric tons/yr

Employees | 90

Company Website | www.mesabinuggetmn.com/line_blk55

Mining Operation | Mining Resources, LLC, Chisholm, MN

Status | Active (2012)- Operated by Steel Dynamics Inc., and Magnetation, Inc.

Type of Mine/Plant | Iron ore processing from tailings

Output | 1 million metric tons/yr

Employees | n/a

Company Website | www.mesabinuggetmn.com/line_blk55

Mining Operation | Northshore, Babbitt, MN

Status | Active – Operated by Cliffs Natural Resources

Type of Mine/Plant | open pit — iron ore mining and processing

Output |  6 metric tons

Employees | n/a

Company Website | www.cliffsnaturalresources.com/EN/Pages/default.aspxline_blk55

Mining Operation | United Taconite, Eveleth and Forbes, MN

Status | Active – Operated by Cliffs Natural Resources

Type of Mine/Plant | open pit — iron ore mining and processing

Output | 5.4 metric tons

Employees | n/a

Company Website | www.cliffsnaturalresources.com/EN/Pages/default.aspxline_blk55

Mining Operation | U.S. Steel — Keetac, Keewatin, MN

Status | Active – Operated by U.S Steel

Type of Mine/Plant | open pit — iron ore mining and processing

Output | 6 million tons/yr

Employees | n/a

Company Website | www.ussteel.com/uss/portal/home/aboutus/facilitiesline_blk55

Mining Operation | U.S. Steel — Minntac, Mt. Iron, MN

Status | Active – Operated by U.S Steel

Type of Mine/Plant | open pit — iron ore mining and processing

Output | 16 million tons/yr

Employees | n/a

Company Website | www.ussteel.com/uss/portal/home/aboutus/facilities

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In The News

Public Comment Period Open for Northshore Mining | MN

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) announces their intent to issue an air emissions permit to Cliffs Natural Resources for their facility at 10 Outer Dr., Silver Bay, MN. Public Comment Period Begins: May 3, 2014 Public Comment Period Ends: June 2, 2014 “This permit action is for modification and operation of the facility. The permit action is a major

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EPA Reverses Itself on Mesabi Nugget Variance

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is voluntarily vacating it’s decision to approve a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency variance for the Mesabi Nugget taconite facility. “The MPCA had asked EPA officials to make an exception for Mesabi Nugget and allow the company to exceed water quality standards for four pollutants, including sulfate. The EPA approved that variance, but two environmental groups

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WaterLegacy Files Lawsuit over Mesabi Nugget Variance

Re-Posted from Waterlegacy.org. Read the full post here. 06.03.13 |  WaterLegacy, represented by Paula Maccabee, filed suit in Minnesota Federal District Court asking the Court to overturn as “arbitrary and capricious” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decision to allow the Mesabi Nugget iron plant a “variance” from complying with water quality standards. Similar lawsuits were filed by the Fond

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