Senator Franken visits MinnTac, shows support for PolyMet mine

By KBJR News 1

August 26, 2014 Updated Aug 26, 2014 at 6:31 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- US Senator Al Franken spent time on the Iron Range Tuesday touring MinnTac mine and pushing for more jobs at the Iron Range plant.

Senator Franken voiced his support for the expansion of MinnTac, which would add more jobs and keep the mine running another 16 years.

The Senator said when he goes back to Washington, he will urge the Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA to issue the proper permits for the expansion.

He also threw his support behind the proposed Polymet project in Hoyt Lakes.

"I think almost every Minnesotan wants to work and make sure that the water doesn't get polluted and I've talked to Polymet so many times about this process and they agree that the process has improved and improved this project," said Senator Franken.

Senator Franken stressed officials need to be careful once they start copper nickel mining.

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