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Local View Column: We users of mineral resources should also be responsible enough to develop them

Duluth News Tribune
Karl Everett

Minnesota is the largest producer in the United States of the ferrous minerals in iron ore and taconite, which provides jobs and revenue in northern Minnesota and accounts for almost a third of the Gross Regional Product. In addition to iron ore, northern Minnesota has one of the world’s largest copper deposits and the world’s third-largest nickel deposit.

And now Twin Metals has proposed dry-stacking its tailings, which can eliminate the need for measures that regulate dams.

We need to develop our own minerals in Minnesota under our existing federal and state regulations and under our strict environmental review, as responsible environmental stewards. In doing so, the economic benefits of jobs and revenue can be realized right here in the Northland.

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