Company kills plans for Minnesota taconite plantAn Iron Range company that recycles old iron ore tailings says it won't build a new taconite plant in Minnesota.
By: The Associated Press, Superior Telegram
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — An Iron Range company that recycles old iron ore tailings says it won't build a new taconite plant in Minnesota.
Magnetation President Matt Lehtinen told the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce the company would build its new plant in Indiana or Wisconsin, rather than on the Iron Range. That's despite passage of a state law the company wanted to help streamline the environmental permitting process for the new plant, which is expected to employ 150 people.
Lehtinen tells Minnesota Public Radio the two Itasca County sites the company was considering might not be suitable because of land-lease restrictions and infrastructure improvements that would be needed.
State Rep. Tom Anzelc, who sponsored the bill to speed up the permitting, says he'll request a meeting with Magnetation to discuss options.
Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mpr.org.