CELEBRATING RECENT SUCCESSES WHILE LOOKING AHEAD AT A BRIGHT FUTURE FOR TWIN METALS
Mesabi Daily News
Dean DeBeltz, Twin Metals Minnesota’s Director of Safety and Operations
Last year was, by far, one of the most exciting years I’ve experienced in my eight years at Twin Metals Minnesota (TMM). In the spring, we celebrated the Federal Bureau of Land Management’s renewal of our mineral leases covering one of the world’s largest untapped deposits of copper, nickel, cobalt and platinum group metals – including the area where TMM is proposing its underground mine a few miles southeast of Ely.
And then in August we signed a Project Labor Agreement with the Iron Range Building and Construction Trades Council, which marked our formal commitment to hire union workers to build our mine. This will bring several million hours of union-scale wages to men and women in our region.
Finally, we capped off the year by submitting our mine plan to state and federal regulators for review, a milestone that marks more than a decade of engineering, hydrogeological, environmental and engagement work. Over that time we evaluated dozens of project configurations and technologies to maximize environmental protection.
We’re proud to be part of the communities of northeast Minnesota. We’re deeply engaged here and will continue to be as we work toward building a 21st century mine that will bring benefits to the region for a very long time.
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