United States Steel Corporation announced today it has reached agreements to supply iron ore pellets to third-party customers.
U. S. Steel will adjust its iron ore pellet production in order to take full advantage of these business opportunities. Included in the adjustments is a restart of the Keetac Plant in Keewatin, Minn. Employee callbacks at Keetac will begin in early January 2017, and the company anticipates production will begin in March 2017.
The Keetac Plant, which has an annual production capacity of approximately six million net tons, has been temporarily idled since May 2015 due to global influences in the market, including high levels of imported steel products, unfair trade and reduced steel prices.
United States Steel Corporation, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., is a leading integrated steel producer and Fortune 250 company with major operations in the United States and Central Europe. For more information about U. S. Steel, please visit www.ussteel.com.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) recently released a draft water quality permit for Minntac’s tailing basin. As the people who live, work, and raise families on the Iron Range, the Iron Ore Alliance cares about our region’s pristine environment.
We appreciate the many workers and vendors who are participating in the public comment period for the MPCA’s draft permit, which is taking place through Friday, December 16. This is an opportunity to help others understand our record as an industry leader in environmental performance while preserving the hundreds of jobs that people of the Iron Range depend on to support their families and build strong communities.
We encourage you to learn about the permit, participate in the public comment period, and help make sure the MPCA understands our commitment to protecting the environment. In the past 10 years alone, we have invested more than $94 million in environmental improvements at our Minntac facility.
Comments can be submitted to:
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
520 Lafayette Road North
Saint Paul, MN 55155