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Editorial: Good News for Mining in Congress

Mesabi Daily News

Two key Minnesota members of Congress stood up for mining on the Iron Range recently.

We applaud their efforts in Washington.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar took on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' regarding their permitting process.

She urged the agency to speed up its permitting review for Minntac's expansion project, which needs a hurry-up from federal officials.

To put it another way: "Get your butts in gear."

Meanwhile, 8th District Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan supported a Republican-sponsored bill that would streamline the permitting process for rare earth minerals used in telecommunications, military technology, health care and energy.

That is vital to the Iron Range because PolyMet and Twin Metals copper/nickel/strategic metals projects would benefit.

Regarding the controversial projects, Nolan said: "I'm pro-mining. But I also very strongly believe we have to do it right. And we can. We have the brains and the technology to do so."

Well said, congressman.

And way to put some pressure publicly on the Corps of
Engineers, senator.

http://www.virginiamn.com/opinion/editorials/article_1be45664-2329-11e3-b551-001a4bcf887a.html