Groups Drop Lawsuit Over Expired Minntac Mine Water PermitEnvironmental groups have dropped a lawsuit against Minnesota regulators for allowing U.S. Steel's Minntac iron mine to operate a waste pit on a long-expired permit, saying they reached a deal with the state that achieved their primary goal.
EPA Reverses Decision On Mesabi Nugget VarianceThe 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.
Lawmakers Debating If PolyMet Should Front Mine Clean-Up CostsMinnesota 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.
Mining Petition Drive Hits All 87 Minn. CountiesA campaign by critics of proposed copper-nickel mining in northern Minnesota says it has gathered petition signatures from all 87 Minnesota counties. Mining Truth says more than 12,000 people have signed its petition, which asks Gov. Mark Dayton to ensure the environment will be protected in any copper-nickel mining.
Environmentalists Reach Accord With MN RefineryEnvironmental groups have reached an agreement with Flint Hills Resources to cut greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollution from its planned upgrade at Minnesota's largest oil refinery.
Environmentalists Launch Campaign Against MiningEnvironmental groups are launching a campaign ahead of the summer vacation season against plans for copper, nickel and precious metals mining in northeastern Minnesota.