Rep. Rick Nolan announces legislation to help steel and mining industies

By KBJR News 1

April 24, 2014 Updated Apr 25, 2014 at 8:52 AM CDT

Eveleth, Minn. (NNCNOW.com) -- Congressmen Rick Nolan stood beside steelworkers in Eveleth on Thursday to announce a legislative initiative he says will help steel production and iron mining in the United States.

"It requires that 100 percent of US steel to be used in all American Pipelines," said Rep. Rick Nolan (D)-8th District, Minn.

The "American Pipeline Jobs and Safety Act," marks the first time American iron ore and taconite workers along with mines are included in the federal "Buy American Steel" provisions.

Currently, the 100 percent steel requirement is only for projects that are federally funded.

"This would extend that requirement to private transactions that are federally permitted, so we are expanding that 'Buy American Requirement' in that manner," said Rep. Nolan.

Nolan along with the United Steelworkers Assistant Director, John Rebrovich, cited the numerous jobs that have been lost due to the increase in foreign steel imports.

"We saw National Steel go bankrupt, we saw LTV go bankrupt, we saw EVTAC go bankrupt where thousands of miners and retires lost their benefits, and these were all due to foreign imports being dumped in on us today," said Rebrovich.

The District 11 steelworkers support Nolan's legislation saying it would help level the playing field.

"Other countries are seeing a need for this market here and when they bring it in on 40 percent subsidized; it's not fair trade and what we are looking for is fair trade," said Rebrovich.

Another part of the bill will provide funding to improve safety standards for steel pipe used in the United States.

The bill has been referred to a couple committees in US Congress.

Action will likely come in 2015.

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