EPA To Investigate How MPCA Regulates Iron MiningThe federal Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to investigate the allegations in a petition that seeks to strip the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency of its authority to regulate water pollution from mining.
PolyMet Critic Says EPA Has Authority To Decide Mine's FateAn environmental attorney says the Environmental Protection Agency may have backed the final review for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine, but the federal agency still has considerable authority to decide whether the project qualifies for permits.
EPA Rejects Variance For Mesabi Nugget Iron Plant 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.
PolyMet Critics Say Environmental Review Flawed Opponents of the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota charged Thursday new data show that the state's new draft environmental review for the project underestimates how much contaminated water could flow from the mine, raising serious questions about the long-term costs of treating it.
EPA Accused Of Watering Down Letter On Minn. Mine An environmental lawyer accuses the Environmental Protection Agency of watering down a letter that praised progress toward completing a long-awaited review of plans for building the first copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota.
Wild Rice Water Quality Suit DismissedA judge has dismissed a Chamber of Commerce lawsuit that challenged Minnesota's water quality standards for protecting wild rice.
Judge Allows Challenge To Wild Rice ProtectionsA judge is allowing a lawsuit to go forward that challenges Minnesota's water quality standards for protecting wild rice.