On April 26, 2016, U. S. Steel filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to initiate an investigation of the largest Chinese steel producers and their distributors under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930. The complaint alleges three causes of action: the illegal conspiracy to fix prices, the theft of trade secrets, and the circumvention of trade duties by false labeling. The United Steelworkers strongly support U. S. Steel’s actions and quickly issued a statement …

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The 2016 legislative session began on March 8 with a lengthy discussion about the growing economic hardship on the Iron Range as a result of illegal foreign steel dumping. Although the full Legislature has yet to pass a 26-week extension of unemployment insurance benefits, we extend our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the Governor and state legislators who are fighting for the families, businesses and communities on the Iron Range. The Iron Ore Alliance recently sent a letter of support for …

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According to new findings from the U.S. Department of Commerce, corrosion-resistant steel imports from China will be taxed at 256 percent due to ongoing sales at unfairly low prices. This is an important step in the right direction as we work to put an end to the illegal practices that are hurting America’s steel industry. Steel is the backbone of our economy and is critical to economic and national security. It supports our bridges, takes our buildings to new heights, …

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Nearly 50 Iron Range leaders recently gathered to receive updates on the status of Minnesota’s water quality standard to protect wild rice. As part of the East Range Community Advisory Panel’s regular meeting on January 14, presenters gave an overview of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s (MPCA) rulemaking timeline, as well as a summary of recent research that found that sulfate and sulfide are not toxic at levels that typically exist in Minnesota’s wild rice waters. Meeting attendees included representatives …

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Public comments accepted by December 18 The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is considering amendments to the state’s water quality sulfate standard to protect wild rice. Minnesota has a 42-year-old rule limiting how much sulfate can be discharged into wild rice waters. The current standard of 10 milligrams per liter (mg/L) is not consistently enforced, and there has been significant discussion on whether the standard is scientifically supported. Minnesota is the only state with a wild rice sulfate standard. Based …

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