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In 2005, when 3M's Minnesota Pollution Control Agency permits that govern the company's Cottage Grove hazardous waste incinerator last came up for re-permitting, there were no cries of outrage from the city's leaders, no task force meetings or scramble to redraw city ordinances.

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Mayor Myron Bailey -- then a first-year city council member -- says he doesn't even recall knowing the re-permitting process was underway.

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