Air permit approved for taconite plant expansion in Keewatin

It’s a huge loss for environmental groups, who have cited studies saying heightened levels of mercury can cause nerve damage and developmental problems in humans. U.S. Steel officials say they hope to start construction next year.
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It’s a huge loss for environmental groups, who have cited studies saying heightened levels of mercury can cause nerve damage and developmental problems in humans. U.S. Steel officials say they hope to start construction next year.

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