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Minnesota Power Reaches Deal on Coal-Fired Plants

Updated: 07/16/2014 2:31 PM
Created: 07/16/2014 12:55 PM KSTP.com

Federal authorities say Minnesota Power has agreed to install technology to reduce air pollution from three coal-fired plants.
    
The company will install the technology to help settle allegations it violated the federal Clean Air Act by failing to get permits and installing less-than-best pollution control technology at its plants.
    
The deal announced Wednesday by the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice also calls for Minnesota Power to pay $1.4 million for Clean Air Act violations and spend at least $4.2 million on environmental projects benefiting local communities.
    
The air pollution control technology will be installed at plants in Cohasset, Hoyt Lakes and Schroeder. The agencies say it is estimated to cost more than $500 million.
    
Minnesota Power says the settlement contains no admission of wrongdoing by the company.

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This 2007 file photo shows vapors from the smokestack of a coal-fired power plant.
Photo: AP/Charlie Riedel

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