After the dustup over whether Northern Metals should get a less restrictive pollution permit for its riverside shredder, the state is now planning to pay more attention to dusty air in north Minneapolis.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency agreed to add a new air monitor on the industrialized west side of the Mississippi River and it's asking the public where it should go. It said it will install the monitor in 2013 for three years.
The decision follows air modeling that indicated that particles released by area industries potentially exceed national air quality standards for fine particulates, which can be dangerous to breathe.
The decision to more closely monitor the area's air follows the agency's decision last week to modify the company's emissions permit, which a 2009 test showed that the company was violating.
More information about the proposed monitor is available on the PCA's web site.