Magnetation Fined $40,000 After Violating Dust Emission Limits

By KBJR News 1

May 2, 2012 Updated May 2, 2012 at 5:25 PM CST

(Northland's NewsCenter)--Magnetation, a mineral processing plant on the Iron Range has been fined $40,000 from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

The fine comes after Magnetation violated the states dust emission limits in 2010 and 2011 near its Plant One facility in Keewatin.

Red dust from has left its mark on many properties near Keewatin and many homeowners say they've had to have the dust professionally cleaned from their homes and lawns.

Magnetation spokespeople say they have been working to prevent future violations by applying $100,000 worth of bio-degradable dust control agents on its site.

Three additional water trucks, seeding and mulching equipment have also been purchased.

Magnetation currently uses Magnesium Chloride to hold the dust down.

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