Copper-Nickel Mining, Water Quality & Carbon Lead State's Environmental AgendaMajor decisions on copper-nickel mining, water quality and a push to reduce carbon emissions by Minnesota's utilities will be among the top issues on Minnesota's environmental agenda for 2016. Some of the debate will be very public, while much work on issues such as oil pipelines and wild rice will take place behind the scenes.
Gov. Dayton Begins Mine Tours Ahead Of PolyMet DecisionGov. Mark Dayton kicked off visits to mining operations in other states Tuesday as he prepares to make a major mining decision in Minnesota. The state is considering whether to allow a mining company to open Minnesota's first copper-nickel operation. And it is a decision that is sparking controversy.
Minnesota Adventurers Plan To Spend An Entire Year In BWCATwo Minnesota adventurers who canoed 2,000 miles from Ely to Washington, D.C., last year have announced their next expedition — they plan to spend an entire year in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Opposing Sides Converge At Iron Range Copper Mine MeetingAbout 1,500 people turned out Thursday night to weigh in on what Minnesota's first copper mine could mean for their water and air. The DNR has spent the last five years studying what PolyMet's proposal could mean for the environment on the Iron Range. A crowd packed the convention center in Duluth. The building, which is usually home to concerts and hockey games, turned into the place Barb Crow came to join a polarizing debate.
PolyMet Environmental Report Sent To RegulatorsA long-awaited environmental report on a proposed copper-nickel mine for northeastern Minnesota has been released to state, federal and tribal agencies for review.
Wild Rice Rally To Greet Dayton On Fishing OpenerA rally in support of protections for wild rice will greet Gov. Mark Dayton when he travels to northern Minnesota for the fishing opener.