The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has scheduled a public meeting for March 11 on proposed changes to United Taconite's operating permit that would require the company to upgrade pollution control equipment at its Forbes processing center.

The meeting will be held at the Clinton Community Center, 8907 Minnesota Highway 37 in Iron Junction. An open house is scheduled from 5 to 6 p.m. with a presentation on the draft permit and time for questions and comments.

The PCA's draft air permit would authorize the taconite processing plant to replace particulate (dust) emission control equipment and incorporate a plan to track and calculate mercury emissions. This permit action would reduce particulate emissions and ensure no increase in mercury emissions. It does not authorize any emissions increases.

Public comments on the permit will be accepted until March 25. For more information, contact Owen Seltz at (651) 757-2713 or, or visit the PCA web site at