Environment: Deadline for Reserve

For the past seven years, Minnesota's Reserve Mining Co. has successfully fought all attempts to stop it from dumping taconite wastes containing asbestos-like fibers into the waters of Lake Superior. Now, Reserve may have reached the end of the line. After having discharged 67,000 tons of wastes into the lake at Silver Bay every day since 1968, the company has been ordered by U.S. District Judge Edward Devitt to stop the dumping by midnight next July 7.

Devitt's order will be appealed. But it could mark the end of a fight that began in the 1960s, when it became apparent that the...

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