ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — U.S. Steel has gone to court in a dispute with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency over pollution limits for its Minntac iron mining operations.
Minntac has been operating under a water quality permit that technically expired in 1992. Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel said in a statement Tuesday that if several of its long-standing requests for changes remain unresolved, the company could be forced to make significant, unnecessary investments that could put Minntac at a competitive disadvantage.READ MORE: Group Of 20-30 Robbers Swarm Burnsville Best Buy On Black Friday
The MPCA has delayed renewing Minntac’s permit while it updates standards meant to protect wild rice. It expects to finish that next year.READ MORE: Sophie's Squad Raising Mental Health Awareness For Youth Athletes In Minnesota
The MPCA released a draft permit with stricter controls in November and committed itself to completing the new permit within nine months. The MPCA says the new litigation will delay any resolution.MORE NEWS: Family Of 5 Without Home After House Burns Down On Thanksgiving
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