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Tom Thompson of Duluth (left), who holds a placard showing sulfur dioxide levels around the Taconite Harbor Energy Center, joins others at a news conference Wednesday morning in Canal Park to explain the costs to health and environment of the utility’s coal pollution. Speaking on the issue is Ann Miller, a volunteer with the Sierra Club. (Bob King /

Protest delivers ‘bill’ to Minnesota Power for hidden pollution costs

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A handful of Sierra Club activists delivered oversized “health bills” to Allete’s Minnesota Power offices in Duluth on Wednesday, symbolic charges for what the protesters claim are the uncounted health and environmental costs of fossil fuel pollution by the utility.


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