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U.S. Steel on Tuesday filed a claim in State District Court in St. Paul asking a judge to order the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to finish work on specific pollution limits before issuing a new permit for the company's Minntac taconite operations. The filing, called a writ of mandamus, asks the judge to order the PCA to complete work on site-specific pollutant limits and other regulations before issuing a permit for the company’s tailings basin.
Eleni Pinnow says it still happens often. She sees something interesting or funny in the news or hears it on the radio and reaches for her phone to text her sister about it. But Aletha Pinnow has been gone for a year now, so there is no sister to text.
Tom Clarke has developed a pattern in recent years: finding shuttered, bankrupt companies, buying them for pennies on the dollar and then restarting them at just the right time. He's done it with coal mines — from Alabama to British Columbia — and now he's trying iron ore, restarting the former Magnetation LLC operations on the western Iron Range.
If the idea of taking a tour boat across choppy Lake Superior waters has you nauseous, how about a quick flight on a floatplane? The National Park Service on Friday announced that, for the first time ever, a private company may be allowed to operate regular seaplane flights from Grand Marais to the island park. While the island sits only 15 miles off Minnesota's North Shore, the park headquarters and much of the focus of park access has been through Houghton, Mich.
If you liked the Northland's warm winter, you should like the spring ahead, at least according to the forecast experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA forecasters on Thursday said there's a better-than-average chance for the Northland to see a warmer-than-average March-May period, with slightly above normal precipitation. If that happens, it will continue a two-year string of warmer-than-average months.
The CEO of Mesabi Metallics has asked Gov. Mark Dayton for the chance to meet in person and convince the governor that the new company is the best path forward for the failed Essar Steel Minnesota project in Nashwauk. In a letter to Dayton dated Wednesday, Matthew Stock said he wants to meet with the governor to explain how the new company plans to revive the massive taconite iron ore mine and processing project that's been idle more than a year.
Every spring as the snow melts, every summer after heavy rains, the Nemadji River spews red clay and other muck into Lake Superior. In fact, it's the worst offender among all streams in the region. The plume of muck into Lake Superior was so bad after the June 2012 flood, it could be clearly seen in photos taken from space.
The St. Louis County Board of Commissioners Tuesday gave final approval to a resolution asking the Trump administration to overturn a late Obama administration ban on copper mining near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The board already had approved the measure last week on a 4-3 vote, with the same outcome in Tuesday's final version. The resolution asks the administration to overturn a decision by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to deny Twin Metals access to federal mineral rights on the edge of the BWCAW southeast of Ely.
The toxic contaminants in the sediment under Minnesota Slip on Duluth's waterfront will be capped and contained in place, not removed from the harbor. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on Monday announced its final plan to deal with the huge amount of nasty chemicals in the muck at the bottom of the slip that's home to the William A. Irvin ore boat and part of Duluth's charter fishing fleet.
Anyone who wants more information or to comment on the proposal to introduce new wolves to Isle Royale National Park is invited to attend a public meeting in Duluth on Tuesday. The session is set for 4 to 6 p.m. at Pier B Resort, 800 West Railroad St., with a presentation at 4:30. A second session is set for Wednesday in Houghton, Mich. The National Park Service is developing a plan to introduce new wolves to the island, where wolf numbers have dropped to just two or less due to severe inbreeding.