The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has been trying for years to figure out how to get taconite mines to reduce the sulfate in their effluent because it damages wild rice. The current effort involves something called Site Specific Standards, and it looks likely that it will have no more success than previous attempts.
Northshore Mine in Silver Bay wants to expand its tailings pond; environmental groups are asking for a thorough Environmental Impact Statement.
Taking steps to put the St. Louis River on a mercury diet.
The federal government has approved controversial water quality changes for Minnesota.
“For twenty years, delaying compliance with state water law requirements has been U.S. Steel’s modus operandi,” the MPCA complained in its brief.