Published on NewsOK Modified: July 16, 2014 at 3:51 pm •  Published: July 16, 2014
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Minnesota Power, a utility division of publicly traded ALLETE Inc., said the settlement does not include any admission of wrongdoing by the company.

"The company has been in discussions with the EPA since 2008 to settle this matter to avoid costly litigation, in the best interest of our customers and other stakeholders," ALLETE senior vice president, general counsel and secretary Deb Amberg said in a statement.

Among projects under the settlement that Minnesota Power intends to fund are $2 million for a large-scale solar installation system for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and $200,000 to the National Park Service to restore wetlands at Voyageurs National Park. Other possible projects include a forest restoration project, an electric car charging station in northeastern Minnesota, clean diesel programs and upgrading wood-burning appliances to reduce pollution.

The settlement must be approved by a federal judge in Minnesota after a 30-day comment period.

Minnesota Power provides electricity to 144,000 customers and 16 municipalities in northeastern Minnesota.