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Minnesota Power Finalizes Environmental Agreements With EPA And MPCA


DULUTH, MN (KDAL) - Minnesota Power has reached a settlement agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency that resolves alleged violations of the Clean Air Act.  The agreement covers the Boswell, Laskin, Taconite Harbor and Rapids Energy Centers and includes more stringent emissions limits at the affected units and the option of refueling, retrofits and retirements at some units.  It also includes the addition of 200 megawatts of wind energy.  Minnesota Power will also spend 4.2 million over the next five years in conservation and clean energy projects that benefit local communities.  Minnesota Power is one of many utility companies whose investments in electric generation facilities were reviewed as part of the EPA's Coal FIred Power Plant Enforcement Initiative that began in 1999.  Than initiative has resulted in over 25 related settlements nationwide.