The federal Environmental Protection Agency has reversed itself and rejected a water quality variance for the Mesabi Nugget iron processing plant near Hoyt Lakes. Environmentalists and Chippewa bands had challenged the EPA’s 2012 decision to grant the variance. They said it improperly allowed the plant to exceed state standards for pollutant discharges.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to reverse its approval for a variance that lets the Mesabi Nugget iron processing plant near Hoyt Lakes violate Minnesota water quality standards but said Tuesday that the state and company will get the chance to reapply.
Minnesota lawmakers are debating whether the PolyMet Mining Corporation should put up hundreds of millions of dollars for future cleanup before the company even mines its first load of ore.
Minnesota wildlife managers say fewer wolves are being shot or trapped for predator control.
A 37-year-old Cloquet, Minn. man has been killed in an ATV accident in St. Louis County, according to the county’s sheriff’s office.
A long-awaited environmental report on a proposed copper-nickel mine for northeastern Minnesota has been released to state, federal and tribal agencies for review.