The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has postponed a planned information meeting on a major amendment to the pollution permit governing a riverside metal shredder in north Minneapolis.
The agency announced days ago that it would hold the meeting on Feb. 14. But it said Friday that a meeting on that date was off, and gave no new date, although spokesman Mike Rafferty said the meeting will be rescheduled.
Northern Metal Recycling proposed revamping its 1998 permit after the shredder failed to meet its requirements once it finally began operating in 2009. The company wants to raise selected pollution limits, loosen restrictions on what materials may be shredded and reduce the frequency of pollution testing.
State Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, lives more than a mile downstream from the 2800 Pacific St. shredder. She said that she and other area legislators told agency Commissioner Paul Aasen last week that they are concerned that the agency is moving too fast on considering the shredder's permit amendment.