Nolan Urging EPA to Postpone Final Rule on Taconite Haze

By KBJR News 1

Nolan Urging EPA to Postpone Final Rule on Taconite Haze

April 15, 2013 Updated Apr 15, 2013 at 12:27 PM CDT

Washington, D.C. (NNCNOW.com) --- Citing "critical new information", Congressman Rick Nolan asks the Environmental Protection Agency to hold off on their Final Rule for Northern Minnesota taconite companies to help reduce haze across Voyageurs National Park.

The EPA's Federal Implementation Plan would require northern Minnesota taconite companies to invest a combined $500 million or more over the next two years to reduce haze across Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

"EPA needs to be certain that requiring this particular investment is cost effective, will actually achieve the end goals desired and is a high priority considering all other environmental compliance issues facing this industry," said Rep. Nolan in a letter to EPA Region 5 Administrator Dr. Susan Hedman.

Nolan says that mining companies have expressed their concern to him that the EPA's plan to install low Nitrogen oxide burners in the taconite plants may cost more than expected and may not be the best fit for their sites.

Earlier this year, the EPA rejected an alternative plan by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency that would have allowed taconite companies more time to test and install the new low Nitrogen oxide technology that would bring the plants up to standard.

Nolan plans to meet with EPA officials on the haze issue as well as environmental issues surrounding the improvements to Highways 169 and 53 within the coming weeks in Chicago.

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