|Health, safety policy | Environment and sustainability | Community
Health, safety policy
Essar Steel Minnesota LLC is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for its employees, contractors and visitors whilst conducting its business in a manner that protects our natural environment. Through teamwork, training, communication and shared responsibility, we can realize a vision of a workplace free of injury, illness or environmental incidents. Most importantly, Essar Steel Minnesota LLC ensures continuous improvement in health, safety and environmental performance by creating a culture of employee ownership that goes beyond participation and continued education to one of passionate involvement and leadership. To that end, we strive to involve employees at all levels of the organization in the creation of policies and procedures and seek to ensure that any issues are resolved in a timely manner at the appropriate organizational level.
Environment and sustainability
In order to develop and operate a mine in Minnesota, mining companies are required to complete an Environmental Impact Statement [or study] and obtain environmental permits and approvals which grant permission for the construction and operation of production facilities and final reclamation of the mine site.
Essar Steel Minnesota has obtained all of the necessary permits and approvals to increase pelletizing capacity to 7.0 MTPA. A supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for a 7.0 MTPA iron ore pellet plant was approved by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on December 29th, 2011 after undergoing a public review process. In addition to the approval of the supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, the Company obtained a Permit to Mine from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on April 17th, 2012 and an air permit from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on May 10th, 2012.
Essar has engaged environmental consultants to evaluate the increased capacity envisioned in Phase II of the project. The environmental review and permitting process for the additional capacity will involve the preparation and submission of a further Environmental Impact Statement, as well as the amendment of all of the current environmental permits.
In addition to pursuing safe, environmentally sound and sustainable business practices, Essar Steel Minnesota realizes and appreciates its responsibility to give back to the community that supports us in so many ways.
Employees at Essar are committed to giving back to their local communities. Employees regularly volunteer their time and make financial contributions to a range of community organizations. Essar employees are already making contributions to the local United Way, Food Shelf, hospitals, elementary schools, colleges and technical universities and Chambers of Commerce.
Essar has established an employee driven Community Connections Committee that coordinates outreach efforts to non-profit organizations