Contact: Ralph Pribble, 651-757 2657
St. Paul, Minn. — A public hearing held at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency today on the environmental review of a proposed permit amendment for Northern Metals in Minneapolis was stopped by order of Ramsey County District Court Judge David Higgs. The order stayed enforcement of prior orders by the same court that the MPCA Citizens’ Board vote on the matter at its regularly scheduled March meeting. Therefore, the previously scheduled agenda item on the Northern Metals environmental review will not be heard at the board meeting on March 27.
The MPCA is unable to comment further on this matter until it has received further direction from the courts. Further information regarding the Northern Metals EAW and permit will be made available at a future date.
Text of the order:
It is hereby ordered:
- Enforcement of the Court’s prior orders in the matter are stayed pending further action or rulings by this Court;
- Respondents/Defendants shall stay any administrative actions related to Petitioner/Plaintiff’s pending application before the MPCA (including, without limitation, environmental review of the permit amendments) pending further action or rulings by this Court, and
- The court's grant of a stay by this order shall not affect, nor shall it be construed as affecting, any party's rights or defenses in this action.