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Reversing a Court of Appeals opinion, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that the MPCA properly required wastewater seeping from U.S. Steel’s Minntac taconite plant tailings basin into nearby groundwater to meet EPA standards. This photo taken Aug. 26, 2014, shows the Minntac taconite mine plant in Mountain Iron, Minnesota. (AP photo: Star Tribune)

Justices uphold environmental protections in two key rulings

The Minnesota Supreme Court reinforced state environmental laws in a pair of key new decisions environmental advocates welcomed in the face of what they contend are increasing challenges to natural resources statewide.

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