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
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.