Rick Nolan proposes plan for a National Research Center for Mining in Northeast Minnesota

By KBJR News 1

July 18, 2012 Updated Jul 18, 2012 at 6:42 PM CST

Crosby, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- DFL candidate for Eighth District Congress, Rick Nolan, has proposed a new plan to create a national research center for mineral reserach in Northeastern Minnesota.

The center would also be dedicated to mining technology and the environment and is expected to create thousands of new jobs.

Former Eighth District U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar has strongly supported the proposal, as well as the UMD's Natural Resource Research Institute, NRRI, and the UMD Swenson College of Science and Engineering.

Nolan said he will immmediately introduce legislation to establish the United States Technical Institute for Mining and the Environment upon taking office in January of 2013.

The location for the center will be selected from proposals developed by the state, municipal and county governments and their private sector partners.

Jeff Anderson, Nolan's opponent from the DFL says the announcement is politically motivated, and the way to get mining jobs to the northland is to streamline the permitting process.