CLIFFS NATURAL RESOURCES INC. NEWS RELEASE: Marten Falls First Nation Withdraws from Matawa Judicial Review of Cliffs Chromite Environmental Assessment

Thunder Bay, ON – September 10, 2013 – Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE: CLF) (Paris: CLF) is pleased with the decision made by Marten Falls First Nation to withdraw from the Matawa Tribal Council led Judicial Review (JR) of the Cliffs Chromite Project Federal Comprehensive Study Environmental Assessment (EA) process.

As of August 27, 2013, Marten Falls First Nation officially withdrew from the Judicial Review. “We are pleased that Marten Falls First Nation has taken the lead in their effort to work with Cliffs to develop a collaborative working relationship,” stated Bill Boor, Cliffs Natural Resources Senior Vice President Strategy and Business Development.

Following the withdrawal of Marten Falls from the JR, and Webequie’s earlier withdrawal in May of 2012, the remaining seven Matawa communities, Cliffs, and the Federal government agreed to request dismissal of the JR. On September 5th, the Court ordered a dismissal of the JR.

“Cliffs is committed to engaging in active and productive discussions with potentially affected First Nation communities. We’re determined to be a good partner, and will continue to work with First Nations who may be impacted by the Project to understand their concerns and priorities, and to respond to them,” added Boor.

About Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. is an international mining and natural resources company. A member of the S&P 500 Index, the Company is a major global iron ore producer and a significant producer of high- and low-volatile metallurgical coal. Cliffs’ strategy is to continually achieve greater scale and diversification in the mining industry through a focus on serving the world’s largest and fastest growing steel markets. Driven by the core values of social, environmental and capital stewardship, Cliffs associates across the
globe endeavor to provide all stakeholders operating and financial transparency.

The Company is organized through a global commercial group responsible for sales and delivery of Cliffs’ products and a global operations group responsible for the production of the minerals the Company markets. Cliffs operates iron ore and coal mines in North America and an iron ore mining complex in Western Australia. In addition, Cliffs has a major chromite project, in the feasibility stage of development, located in Ontario, Canada.

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Jennifer Mihalcin
Cliffs Natural Resources
Public Affairs Representative

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