The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will hold a public informational meeting on July 21 to provide information and take comments about Magnetation LLC’s draft air emissions operating permit for its Plant 2. This permit is needed to meet federal and state air quality requirements.
The meeting will be held at the Taconite Community Center. An open house is scheduled from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. followed by the draft permit presentation and time for questions and comments.
Magnetation conducts scram mining operations at existing tailings basins and operates a processing facility in Bovey, Minn. Scram mining produces usable iron ore from previously developed stockpiles or tailings basins. Tailings are leftover material from previous mining operations. The facility processes the iron ore in the tailings and ships the product to manufacturing plants where it is made into a variety of steel products.
Public comments will be accepted for 30 days between July 3 and August 3, 2015. Comments made at the meeting and prior to the start of the comment period will be included in the draft permit’s administrative record. Written comments made during the comment period will be responded to by MPCA permit staff.