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State approves plan to cut haze over BWCA, sends it to feds

The Pollution Control Agency is forwarding its plan to cut the haze over federal lands in northeastern Minnesota to the Environmental Protection Agency. The plan would tighten emissions rules at taconite processing plants and coal-fired power plants. Some environmental groups think the changes don't go far enough.
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The Pollution Control Agency is forwarding its plan to cut the haze over federal lands in northeastern Minnesota to the Environmental Protection Agency. The plan would tighten emissions rules at taconite processing plants and coal-fired power plants. Some environmental groups think the changes don't go far enough.

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