Environmental Groups' Haze Reduction Challenge RejectedA federal appeals court has rejected a challenge by environmental groups to Minnesota's plan for reducing haze over Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday let the Environmental Protection Agency's approval of Minnesota's rules stand.
EPA To Investigate How MPCA Regulates Iron MiningThe federal Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to investigate the allegations in a petition that seeks to strip the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency of its authority to regulate water pollution from mining.
PolyMet Critic Says EPA Has Authority To Decide Mine's FateAn environmental attorney says the Environmental Protection Agency may have backed the final review for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine, but the federal agency still has considerable authority to decide whether the project qualifies for permits.
EPA To Host Open House On Contamination Concerns In St. Louis ParkThe Environmental Protection Agency is inspecting a site in St. Louis Park that residents fear is contaminating their water.
Study: Americans Doubling EPA Waste EstimateAmericans are apparently sending about twice as much garbage to landfills as the federal government has estimated. A new survey by Yale University found America tosses about five pounds of trash per person into landfills every day.
EPA Orders 40 Percent Cut In Minnesota Carbon Emissions By 2030The Environmental Protection Agency is ordering a 40 percent cut in Minnesota's carbon emissions by 2030. Most of that will come from power plants, like Xcel's Sherco plant in Becker.
Minnesota Prepares For Obama's Call To Cut EmissionsPresident Barack Obama unveiled Monday new power plant regulations designed to combat the earth's changing climate. Under new rules, power plants have to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent over the next 15 years.
Good Question: Where Does Our Drinking Water Come From?On Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency's administrator, Gina McCarthy, visited the Twin Cities. She toured the St. Paul Regional Water Services Treatment Plant to highlight the importance of protecting the streams and wetlands that provide drinking water to a third of all Americans.
Lawmakers Hold Off On Taking On EPA Over Wood Stove RulesMinnesota lawmakers are waiting to take on the Environmental Protection Agency over new standards for wood-burning stoves and furnaces.
Congressional Democrats Seek To Step Up Fracking OversightDemocrats on a congressional oversight panel are stepping up their investigation into how well states are regulating the disposal of oil and gas waste, citing continuing public concern about the potential environmental and health risks of hydraulic fracturing.
Water, Air Quality Concerns Heighten Conflict With Pig FarmsFrom Washington state to North Carolina, federal lawsuits are challenging the efficient, profitable livestock industry to change its ways. The arguments found in the suits are based on studies that increasingly show the impact phosphorous, nitrate and bacteria from fertilizer and accumulated manure have on lakes and rivers as well as air pollution that may be harmful to respiratory health.
EPA: Keystone XL's Climate Impacts Need To Be RevisitedWith the recent dip in oil prices, the Environmental Protection Agency wants the State Department to "revisit" how much of a toll the Keystone XL oil pipeline would have on global warming.