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RELEASE: Rep. Spencer Igo Introduces House Resolution Reaffirming Minnesota’s Commitment to Mining

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

St. Paul, MN- State Representative Spencer Igo, R-Grand Rapids, introduced a House Concurrent Resolution yesterday that affirms the Minnesota House of Representatives’ commitment to encouraging Minnesota’s technology and medical companies to utilize Minnesota-mined minerals when manufacturing products.

“As lawmakers and leaders in the Northland, we are obligated to support our communities by making sure that the world of tomorrow is built with iron, copper, nickel, and other critical minerals that are beneath our feet,” said Rep. Igo. “Minnesota has high environmental standards that ensure we can mine minerals morally, responsibly, and positively.

“It makes no sense to outsource the excavation of these resources to rival nations that have zero environmental or labor standards when we can mine safely here at home. Mining in Minnesota adds value to our Northland communities with family-wage jobs and infrastructure in addition to providing countless other benefits to our state. Let’s stand up, make our voices heard, and do the right thing by mining the minerals for the world of tomorrow in the Northland and bring our best days to reality.”

The resolution reads in part:

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Minnesota, the Senate concurring, that Minnesota’s manufacturers of technologically advanced products, and companies that purchase them, including energy utilities, are strongly encouraged to conduct research into the origin of the products and materials that are part of their supply chains and to endeavor to support products made using Minnesota-mined minerals and that the State of Minnesota support research into technologies that, as with taconite pelletizing process, enable economically marginal mineral resources to be fully utilized.

House Concurrent Resolution 6, formally introduced yesterday evening, is co-authored by House Minority Leader, Kurt Daudt (R-Crown).

A copy of the resolution can be found here.