Aug 30, 2012 at 7:09 am
ST. PAUL, MN (AP) - Officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency heard a plea for more time to study a federal proposal for reducing emissions from taconite plants.
The EPA is proposing tighter limits on nitrogen oxide emissions than called for by the states. It's considering requiring a new type of burner for taconite pellet furnaces that has been tested at U.S. Steel's Minntac plant.
Attorney Douglas McWilliams, who advises another mining company, Cliffs Natural Resources, told EPA officials in St. Paul Wednesday the federal government should offer more than a 45-day comment period on their plan. Or even better, he says, the EPA should approve the state plans offered by Michigan and Minnesota.
But Minnesota Public Radio reports (http://bit.ly/N0AtlP) that environmental groups are pleased the EPA has stepped in to impose a plan.
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