Lake Superior to Be Saved
A U.S. Appeals Court has ordered the Reserve Mining Company in Minnesota to phase out its pollution of Lake Superior and its pollution of the air near Minneapolis-St. Paul.
Reserve Mining has been dumping an estimated 67,000 tons of crushed rock - containing deadly asbestos fibers - into Lake Superior each day.
Despite the fact that asbestos particle are believed to cause cancer, the dumping has continued for more than two years as the case has slowly worked its way thuough the court system.
The Appeals Court in St. Louis ruled that the company must take immediate steps to end its pollution of the air: but it granted the company "reasonable" time to end its pollution of Lake Superior.
A lower court had ordered the plant dosed last year to prevent the pollution - but that order was stayed by a higher court.