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MPCA Issues Final Permit for Polymet


The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) today issued the final air and water permits for PolyMet’s proposed NorthMet project in northeastern Minnesota.

“Issuing these permits comes after a years-long process that saw the most thorough environmental review any construction project has ever had in Minnesota,” MPCA Commissioner John Linc Stine said. “We are confident the requirements in these permits will protect the environment and human health over the long term.”

The MPCA developed draft permits and released them for public comment on Jan. 31, 2018. During the time the draft permits were open for public comments (through Mar. 16, 2018), the MPCA received more than 700 comments. After carefully evaluating the comments and revising the permits based on those comments, the revised draft permits were sent to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which has federal oversight on the air and water permits. The EPA had no comments during the period allotted, and MPCA Commissioner John Linc Stine signed the final permits effective Dec. 20, 2018.

The permits MPCA issued include the combined federal/state permits for water discharge and air emissions.The water permit is the key mechanism for protecting water quality. The agency also issued the Clean Water Act Section 401 certification, which focuses on wetland protections.

Stine said the permits contain numerous safeguards to assure they will fulfill their purpose. For example, the water permit requires the construction of advanced water treatment technology to meet permit limits, the installation of a seepage capture system around the perimeter of the existing tailings basin, and a robust monitoring system and annual performance evaluations. The air permit includes specific emission limits — addressing both ore processing and transport from the mine site to the processing plant — and rigorous daily, […]

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Three Vehicle Accidents Kills Two

Two people were killed in a three vehicle accident Wednesday evening near Virginia. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a semi driven by 47 year old Jason Scott Evans of Deer River was southbound on Highway 46 (near milepost 10). A Ford pick-up, driven by 39 year old Jake Andrew Perrington of Deer River, was northbound on 46. Following the Ford was an Impala, driven by 34 year old Steven Mark Kubiszewski of Wyoming Minnesota.
According to the report, the semi struck the Ford on its side then struck the Impala head-on. Kubiszewski, and a passenger in the Impala, 57 year old Arthur Mark Kubiszewski, suffered fatal injuries in the accident.

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North Homes Lawsuits

Two $10 million dollar lawsuits have been filed against North Homes in Grand Rapids. The first suit is in regard to a sexual relationship between a female juvenile at a North Homes facility and a 23 year old employee in 2004.

The second lawsuit was filed by the father of a resident of Itaskin Juvenile Center. The juvenile ran away from the center and was discovered later at the home of an center employee. The woman, a former social worker, pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct. She was fired and served three months in prison.

Jim Christmas, CEO of North Homes, told KMSP-TV that the facility made numerous changes after the incidents. Changes include: weekly reviews of mandated reports, student grievances, and any boundary concerns between youth or staff. He also said the administration has added staff, improved the screening and vetting process, and increased training.

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ISD 318 Approves Quest Transition Program

At Monday’s school board meeting, the board received a final design/development report of the upcoming elementary facilities. The board will now move forward with their construction document phase and authorize bidding. The board also approved a new program for young adults ages 18-21 called the “Quest Transition Program”. This is for students who are not ready to yet enter the adult workforce and could use further support and teaching. According to Brent Brunetta, “it is a great opportunity sitting right in front of us, for us to capitalize on and meet the needs of our learners”. The board entered into a 2 1/2 year lease agreement with MDI for space for the program. David Moody reporting.

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Chappy’s Residents Removed

A Hill City-based assisted living facility was shut down just after midnight when the Minnesota Department of Health shut down the facility for a 90-day suspension of the facility’s license.
According to Fox 9, the Minnesota Office of Inspector General Licensing Division suspended Chappy’s Golden Shores’ license to provide home and community-based services effective 12:01 a.m. Dec. 7.
A source said Thursday that residents were packing removed from the facility. 35 residents and 30 staff members are reportedly affected by the order.
In a letter to Chappy’s Golden Shores from the Office of the Inspector General, the action was taken because the Licensing Division, “received information alleging that multiple and repeated serious incidents affecting vulnerable persons occurred in your licensed program.”
The Minnesota Department of Health released the following statement:
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has issued an immediate 90-day suspension of the comprehensive home care license for Chappy’s Golden Shores, based on serious alleged violations of Minnesota home care laws found by a department investigation. The alleged violations are deemed to pose an imminent risk to the health and safety of the clients served by this home care provider.
MDH is working with county and state partners to ensure the safety and appropriate ongoing care of the clients impacted by this action. Additional information will be provided to clients and families in the days ahead. The department is also continuing its investigation into Chappy’s Golden Shores.
Clients and family members with questions can contact their case manager, county adult protection or the Minnesota Ombudsman for Long Term Care (800-657-3591). Any allegations of maltreatment should be directed to the Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center (844-880-1574).
**With help from Fox 9

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