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DM&IR cited for air, water violations
Duluth News Tribune
Web-Posted January 26th, 2005

The Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway Company has paid a $41,750 penalty and will comply with state environmental regulations at dock facilities in Duluth and Two Harbors after air and water violation citations by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

The PCA found that air quality monitors located near the docks detected dust emissions exceeding state air quality standards three times in 2003 as taconite pellets were moved from rail cars to Great Lakes ore carriers.

Similar air quality violations were found in 2001 and 2002 at the Duluth docks. Despite making air quality improvements, including applying more water to dusty pellets, the violations recurred in 2003, the PCA said Wednesday in a prepared statement.

PCA staff also witnessed a water quality violation on July 1, 2004 at the Two Harbors facility when spray water, used to control dust during the loading process, carried ore sediment into Lake Superior. The company has since relocated its dust-control operation to avoid future drainage problems into the lake.



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