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HibTac To Start Trucking Taconite Pellets To Superior Dock; One Hundred Trucks A Day Will Replace Rail As Cliffs Natural Resources Method Of Transportation

Get ready to see a lot of taconite pellets over the next few months.  Cliffs Natural Resources, which operates HibTac on the Iron Range announced that they will begin shipping their taconite pellets to the Allouez Dock in Superior by truck.  An estimated 100 trucks  a day - operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week will replace train cars, the usual method of shipping these pellets.

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China Photos via Getty
China Photos via Getty
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Minntac Receives Permits Needed For Expansion; Plans Will Extend Life Of Mine By Almost 20 Years

Good news for U.S. Steel and the Iron Range:  The US Army Corps of Engineers has approved the final permits the mine needs for their proposed expansion plans.

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(Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)
(Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)
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MPCA’s Sulfate And Wild Rice Study Released; More Information Needed Before Levels Are Adjusted [Update]

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has released their study on the affects of sulfate levels on the state's wild rice growth.  The raw data was released today, with a summary to be issued by the end of February

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(Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
(Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
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Sulfate, Mining, And Wild Rice: All Eyes On MPCA Study Coming Out Today

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is releasing an updated report on sulfate levels in the state today and leaders from mining companies, indian tribes, and wild rice eaters are following those results closely.

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Source:  Massachusetts Dept Of Environmental Protection via flickr
Source: Massachusetts Dept Of Environmental Protection via flickr
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Semi Rolls Over Near Hibbing; Manifest Contains Highly Explosive Chemical

Our news partners with the Northland's Newscenter are reporting:

A semi truck containing 45,000 pounds of Aluminum Nitrate has rolled over near Hibbing Taconite on Highway 5.  At this point, none of the chemical manifest is leaking;  Officials are reporting the only leak to be hydraulic fluid

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McMorgan08 via flickr
McMorgan08 via flickr
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Approved Highway 53 Re-Route Plan Scrapped; MNDot Going Back To The Drawing Board

The HIghway 53 relocation project near Eveleth and Virginia has added another twist to the timeline as officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation are scrapping the recently-announced route in favor of going back to the general public for input.

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Source:  gitsul via flickr
Source: gitsul via flickr
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Highway 53 Relocation Project Moves On

The process of relocating the southern approach of Highway 53 to Virginia continues to move along.   Minnesota Department Of Transportation officials will present the two current proposals to the public at a meeting today

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