EPA misses another deadline on MN haze rules

8:13 PM, Dec 11, 2012   |    comments
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DULUTH, Minn. - The federal government has missed another deadline for issuing new regulations for Minnesota taconite plants to reduce haze over public lands like Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

The Environmental Protection Agency was under a court-ordered agreement to make a final recommendation by Nov. 10, then Nov. 27 and then Dec. 10. But the Duluth News Tribune reports that Minnesota Pollution Control Agency officials confirmed Tuesday the EPA has now delayed a decision until at least mid-January.

The taconite companies and the MPCA have proposed changes that industry supporters say will make the regulations more workable.

Environmental groups have been pushing for state-of-the-art pollution controls that would cut the haze by reducing emissions at Minnesota's taconite plants as well as the state's coal-fired power plants.

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