Minnesota's taconite industry remains in the dark about what new pollution control rules will look like. For the third time the Environmental Protection Agency has extended a deadline to issue new regulations.
The delay - like the last time the agency postponed a decision - prompted speculation that the EPA is working with state and industry officials in hopes of crafting a compromise.
Federal officials have said guidelines put forth by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency would not do enough to curb the haze building over northeastern Minnesota. After rejecting the state plan, the EPA was scheduled to issue its own regulations last month. But now the time frame looks pointed toward mid-January.