MPCA seeks comments through December 16, 2016 on Minntac draft permit

The MPCA will take comments through Dec. 16 on a draft permit under which U.S. Steel’s Minntac Iron Ore Operations will be allowed to continue operations near Mountain Iron in northern Minnesota.  No permit has been reissued since the original of 1987 expired in 1992 and this plant began operations in 1967, before the federal Clean Water Act was enacted.

After reviewing the history of Minntac Iron Ore Operations, one is drawn to the fact that water pollution from tailings ponds is forever and the question of how many more can we allow, if any?  Just like the issue of waste from nuclear power plants, isn’t it time to draw a line?

Comments will be accepted in writing and should be addressed to: Erik Smith, MPCA, 520 Lafayette Rd. North,St. Paul, MN 55155 or

Include a statement about your interest in the draft permit, what action that you would like MPCA to take, and your reasons for supporting the position you hold.

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