Nolan: 3 Iron Range Mines Reach Haze Deal with EPA

January 26, 2015 04:24 PM

Two Northland mining companies have reached an agreement on haze with federal regulators, according to U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan.

A statement from Nolan's office said the agreement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Cliffs Natural Resources, and ArcelorMittal will improve air quality while giving the companies more time to develop, pilot, engineer, and install new equipment to comply with the Regional Haze Federal Implementation Plan.

"This agreement is a win for good mining jobs, a win for clean air and a win for the future of our region," Nolan said in a statement.

The settlement covers furnaces at ArcelorMittal's Minorca Mine in Virginia and three Cliffs Natural Resources facilities: United Taconite in Eveleth, Hibbing Taconite, and the Tilden Mine in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  Nolan said he hopes the agreement will spur a quick settlement for other taconite operations in the region.

Nolan had met with a regional EPA administrator in 2013 to explain why a "one size fits all" approach to air quality regulation would not work for multiple mining operations, saying they have different retrofitting requirements.

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