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Cliffs Moves Closer to Iron Ore Leases in Nashwauk, Minn.

Cleveland-Cliffs has progressed in its attempt to secure iron ore mineral leases at its land near Nashwauk, Minn.

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An agreement has been reached with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and is up for review by the Minnesota Executive Council on May 25, Lourenco Goncalves, Cliffs’ chairman, president, and CEO, said in a statement on Thursday.

“When approved by the MN Executive Council, the leases will be used to provide a long-term extension of Hibbing Taconite’s mine life, securing the future of Hibbing Taconite and the good-paying, union jobs at HibTac, our flagship operation in Minnesota,” Goncalves added.  

In early March, new mineral leases for its Hibbing Taconite Co. iron ore mining and pellet processing operations on the state’s Mesabi Iron Range had been approved. At the time Goncalves said those leases could keep HibTac running through at least 2026, and that leases in Nashwauk could keep the facility operating for “decades.”

A joint venture between Cliffs and US Steel, Hibbing Taconite produces about 7.8 million tons of standard iron-bearing pellets and mines about 29 million tons of ore annually, according to Cliffs’ website.

By Ethan Bernard,

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