Bill in Legislature would roll back environmental review for Magnetation iron ore plant

Company officials say they'll comply with federal emissions rules but say the state's environmental review process and mercury regulations would hold up construction for too long. They say that unless lawmakers cut the environmental review, they'll build the plant in a different state.
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Company officials say they'll comply with federal emissions rules but say the state's environmental review process and mercury regulations would hold up construction for too long. They say that unless lawmakers cut the environmental review, they'll build the plant in a different state.

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