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NE Mpls. Metal Recycling Plant Agrees To Help Curb Air Pollution

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – State pollution officials say that a northeast Minneapolis metal recycling plant has agreed to voluntarily reduce dust generated at its business, thereby helping to improve air quality in the industrial area of the city that's been recently marked by quality violations.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announced Tuesday that Alliance Recycling Group is the first company in the area to sign an agreement committing it to reducing pollution. With other businesses, such as Northern Metal Recycling, a north Minneapolis metal recycling plant, the MPCA has taken legal action and even moved to halt operations over air pollution concerns.

The industrial area that's seen air quality issues is north of downtown Minneapolis, near the Lowry Avenue Bridge. In 2014, air monitors detected particulates in the area that were above ambient air quality standards, the MPCA says. Earlier this year, officials also found that there were elevated levels of heavy metals.

Pollution officials say that as soon as the data became concerning they began talks with industrial businesses in the area. Most businesses, the MPCA says, were open to discussing the state's air quality concerns.

The specific steps Alliance Recycling Group has agreed to take in regards to curbing polluition include being more gentle with materials in railcars and sweeping more paved areas near the plant. The changes should lessen the amount of dust that gets into the air.

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