Strong forces are urging the EPA to reverse its 2014 Mesabi Nugget decision

By KBJR News 1

Strong forces are urging the EPA to reverse its 2014 Mesabi Nugget decision

July 31, 2014 Updated Jul 31, 2014 at 9:39 PM CDT

Hoyt Lakes, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is at odds with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the EPA's reversal of an MPCA decision regarding Mesabi Nugget.

The EPA recently announced that it was reversing an MPCA water quality variance provided in 2012.

MPCA spokespeople say they investigated and found the variance would not substantially impact water quality.

Mesabi Nugget spokesmen say they are working toward bringing their system up to state standards, but the necessary equipment isn't currently available.

They say reversing the variance will be expensive and could cost jobs. EPA spokespeople say Mesabi Nugget must abide by Minnesota water quality standards.

Congressman Nolan today sent a letter to the EPA asking that the variance be upheld so as not to impact Iron Range jobs and discourage innovation and modernization.

Ramona Marozas
Rmarozas@kbjr.com
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