Court, MPCA hearings on shredder at Northern Metals

URGENT UPDATE 3/26/2012, 2:40 P.M. CDT: The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Citizens Board hearing on the need for an Environmental Impact Statement, which is referred to in the story below, was stopped when Ramsey County District Court Judge David Higgs issued an order stopping environmental review of the Northern Metals emissions permit until other court proceedings are completed.The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s (MPCA’s) plan to postpone its environmental review of Northern Metals’ emissions permit application hit a snag Feb. 27. The snag is called a writ of mandamus, a court order requiring MPCA to speed up the process and make a key determination at its March 26-27 meeting. MPCA, however, has appealed the ruling and is asking the court to delay the writ until the appeal is decided. A hearing on that request is scheduled for March 26, just hours before the MPCA is set to begin its Northern Metals discussion if the writ stays in effect.For information on the public meetings this article describes, including live webcasts, click here.The judge will also be asked to decide whether MPCA can introduce newly-produced emissions data at the March 26-27 meeting. Continue Reading