Governor Ricketts Discusses Road Spending, Niobium Mine Project

BEATRICE – The State of Nebraska’s record $600 million in transportation spending this fiscal year, will mean road projects being undertaken in many areas of the state.

On his monthly Nebraska Broadcasters Association call-in program Monday, Governor Pete Ricketts said that fiscal year spending began, as of July 1st.

:18                  “in Fremont”

Ricketts says there are 96 projects in areas around the entire State of Nebraska.  The projects are in both urban and rural areas.

:19                  “little as possible”

Governor Ricketts fielded a question about the niobium mine project being undertaken by NioCorps Developments, of Centennial, Colorado….in the Elk Creek area of southeast Nebraska.  Ricketts was asked whether the state is planning any incentives to assist in what’s expected to be a big job-creator.

:31                  “advantage of it”

Ricketts said one estimate is that the project could produce as many as 400 jobs, but may be two or more years away.

:05                  “in Nebraska”

NioCorps Developments officials said this week that a water line will not be needed for the project that would discharge saltwater into the Missouri River.  That eliminates the need for some federal permits, and company officials say that lessens the environmental impact of the project.

The mining project is expected to produce niobium, scandium and titanium…used to produce lighter, stronger steel products and reduce corrosion.

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