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Mesabi Nugget's pollution variance rescinded

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with the Fond du Lac and Grand Portage bands of Lake Superior Chippewa and two environmental groups over the sulfate discharge from the Mesabi Nugget iron nugget plant near Hoyt Lakes.

The EPA has agreed to drop its approval of a variance for how much sulfate and three other pollutants Mesabi Nugget can discharge into Second Creek, which flows into the Partridge River, a tributary to the St. Louis River.

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