HIBBING — For 17 years, the mining community, as well as other industrial workers, have been under the care of Fairview Range JobCare Occupational Health Services.
I am a researcher and an investigator, both in my professional and personal life. Whether I am at work mitigating human and environmental risk, or planning my next fishing trip, I strive to have the best level of understanding that I am able to obtain prior to making my next decision. This level of intrigue also infiltrates into the purchases I make and the services I use in my daily life. What I know to be fact through my curiosity is this: whether you are for mining or against mining in Minnesota, everyone benefits from mining in every aspect of our lives; and there is not a safer place for human health and environmental stewardship then if we extract the minerals we need from our own backyard.
Later this year the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is expected to release information about a new wild rice sulfate standard and begin the process of adopting a new standard. This ongoing issue is of critical interest to the mining community – but it also will have significant impacts on municipalities and taxpayers of the region alike.