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In comments made to state regulator, the Department of Commerce and Office of Attorney General Keith Ellison had vastly different suggestions for the Duluth-based utility's transition away from coal.
The City Council heard no in-person public comments during Tuesday evening's brief meeting.
From the column: "Huber is proposing to build a plant that will make use of a renewable resource that is abundant in Northeastern Minnesota. With a focus on long-term sustainability, it’s a project we believe can do right in regard to taking care of our shared natural world. Alongside environmental responsibility, we believe Huber can check a big box in a region that needs to diversify its economic engines."
From the column: "This is not our first OSB project. ... Huber has been in the forestry industry since 1941, and our sister company manages more than 800,000 acres of timberlands for landowners. We are proud of our record for safe and responsible operations and stewardship."
The adequacy of the original environmental assessment worksheet drew criticism, prompting the City Council to delay approval until March.
A Department of Commerce report found the company “failed to follow ‘good utility practice’ in maintaining and repairing its coal fired power plant.”

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The city said it needs to collect additional information after environmental concerns were raised.
That less stringent environmental assessment worksheet has been the subject of criticism.
The crash involved a van and a semi truck.

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