Northshore Mining draft permit public meeting scheduled

Contact: Anne Perry Moore, 218-302-6605

Duluth, Minn. – On Nov. 18, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) staff will provide information and take comments about Northshore Mining’s draft air permit proposal to modify two boilers and greatly reduce the facility’s permitted nitrogen oxide emissions.

The public informational meeting will be held at Silver Bay’s Reunion Hall, 97 Outer Drive. 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. 

Northshore Mining operates a taconite processing facility and power plant in Silver Bay, Minnesota. The facility processes the iron ore in taconite and ships the product to manufacturing plants where it is made into a variety of steel products.

The draft air permit would authorize the facility to modify part of its processing equipment that would  reduce nitrogen oxide emissions and create a small increase in carbon monoxide emissions. Nitrogen oxides are gas compounds containing nitrogen and oxygen that are often colorless and odorless. They are created when fuel is burned at high temperatures by motor vehicles, electric utilities and other industrial sources.

Public comments will be accepted for 30 days between Nov. 7 through Dec. 8, 2014. 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.

Copies of the draft permit will be available  on the agency’s web site at http://www.pca.state.mn.us/news/data/index.cfm?PN=1, by phone to Hassan Bouchareb, (651) 757-2653, or by email at hassan.bouchareb@state.mn.us. Additional materials related to the facility will be available by appointment during normal work hours at the MPCA’s offices in St. Paul, 520 Lafayette Road North, (651) 757-3263, and Duluth, 525 Lake Avenue South, (218) 723-4660. All agency offices and staff are available toll free at (800) 657-3864.

For more information, contact Hassan Bouchareb at (651) 757-2653 or hassan.bouchareb@state.mn.us or visit the MPCA web site at www.pca.state.mn.us.