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Lawmakers Hold Off On Taking On EPA Over Wood Stove Rules

Minnesota lawmakers are waiting to take on the Environmental Protection Agency over new standards for wood-burning stoves and furnaces.

03/09/2015

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Congressional Democrats Seek To Step Up Fracking Oversight

Democrats 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.

02/17/2015

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Water, Air Quality Concerns Heighten Conflict With Pig Farms

From 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.

02/16/2015

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EPA: Keystone XL’s Climate Impacts Need To Be Revisited

With 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.

02/04/2015

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EPA Reaches Tentative Settlement With Mines Over Park Haze

The Environmental Protection Agency has reached a tentative settlement with four iron mines in Minnesota and Michigan that’s aimed at reducing haze over pristine areas including Voyageurs and Isle Royale national parks and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

01/28/2015

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Officials: Minn. Businesses Lead The Nation In Preventing Pollution

State officials say a new report shows that Minnesota businesses lead the nation in reducing or eliminating dangerous pollutants from their work processes.

01/28/2015

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Judge Rejects Farm Groups’ Lawsuit To Keep EPA Data Private

A federal judge has rejected a lawsuit by two major farm groups that sought to block the release of data on large livestock farms in Minnesota and Iowa.

01/28/2015

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Good Question: Why Do We Use So Much Plastic?

On Tuesday, California became the first state to ban single-use plastic bags like the ones used in Target and grocery stores across the country. The plastic bags will be phased out over the next two years, but people can still use them for vegetables and meats. Paper bags will cost 10 cents while reusable bags will be free to use.

09/30/2014

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Franken: EPA May Scale Back Renewable Fuel Cuts

Sen. Al Franken says the Obama administration may scale back projected cuts to ethanol and other renewable fuels production. An Environmental Protection Agency proposal for renewable fuel standards would reduce by almost 3 billion gallons the amounts of ethanol and other biofuels blended into gasoline in 2014 than the law requires.

07/24/2014

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Minnesota Power Reaches Deal On Coal-Fired Plants

The company will install the technology to help settle allegations it violated the federal Clean Air Act by failing to get permits and installing less-than-best pollution control technology at its plants.

07/16/2014

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EPA Rejects Variance For Mesabi Nugget Iron Plant

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has reversed itself and rejected a water quality variance for the Mesabi Nugget iron processing plant near Hoyt Lakes. Environmentalists and Chippewa bands had challenged the EPA’s 2012 decision to grant the variance. They said it improperly allowed the plant to exceed state standards for pollutant discharges.

07/03/2014

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EPA To Consider If Power Plant Adds To Park Haze

The Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to consider whether pollution controls at Xcel Energy’s Sherco power plant are adequate for cutting haze over two national parks and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. The federal agency and six environmental groups filed a proposed consent decree Tuesday that obligates the EPA to take action on a 2009 National Park Service finding that haze from the coal-fired plant near Becker impairs the views at Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota and Isle Royale National Park in Michigan. The consent decree would settle a lawsuit the groups filed in 2012.

06/25/2014

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EPA Water Task Force To Work With Universities

A task force established by the Environmental Protection Agency to curtail farmland pollution that flows into the Mississippi River has reached an agreement with 12 universities.

05/21/2014

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Franken & Klobuchar: Administration Must Support Biodiesel

Senators from North Dakota and Minnesota say the Obama administration should retreat on a proposal to make significant changes to renewable fuel standards and show its support for the biodiesel industry. Democratic Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota say that biodiesel production has led to thousands of jobs and remains a clean, safe form of energy.

05/14/2014

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Sen. Klobuchar Wants To Help Minnesota Hockey Rinks

Some lawmakers are trying to help Minnesota ice arenas pay for a pricy upgrade. Beginning in 2020, there’s an international agreement to stop producing the R-22 refrigerant, which many rinks use to stay cold. The transition will mean higher costs, as the rinks will need to find alternative refrigeration systems.

03/23/2014

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EPA Reverses Decision On Mesabi Nugget Variance

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to reverse its approval for a variance that lets the Mesabi Nugget iron processing plant near Hoyt Lakes violate Minnesota water quality standards but said Tuesday that the state and company will get the chance to reapply.

03/11/2014

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MPCA Holding Meetings On ‘Impaired Waters’ List

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is holding a series of public meetings this month to present its draft list of “‘impaired waters” for 2014. It’s a list of waters that violate water quality standards.

12/10/2013

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EPA Accused Of Watering Down Letter On Minn. Mine

An environmental lawyer accuses the Environmental Protection Agency of watering down a letter that praised progress toward completing a long-awaited review of plans for building the first copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota.

08/15/2013

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Duluth Mayor Proposing Big Changes For Superior Waterfront

Duluth Mayor Don Ness is proposing big changes for the city’s Lake Superior waterfront. The goal’s to fill in the slip where the William A. Irvin freighter museum is docked. The Environmental Protection Agency has identified the slip as a “hot spot” for contamination.

08/08/2013

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Teachers From IL, MN, NY, PA, OH Study Great Lake

Fifteen teachers from five states are spending the week on Lake Ontario as part of a research program. The teachers, from elementary to high school, are aboard the Lake Guardian, a research vessel operated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

07/10/2013

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‘U’ Lecture To Discuss Hard Choices On Nitrogen

Nitrogen is a crucial part of all living things. But the millions of tons of nitrogen manufactured by humans every year are a two-edged sword.

10/04/2012

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US, Canada Sign Great Lakes Water Quality Pact

The U.S. and Canada have approved an updated version of a 40-year-old pact that commits both nations to protecting the Great Lakes.

09/07/2012

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EPA Awards $1.8M In Clean-Up Grants For St. Paul

St. Paul is getting $1.8 million in “brownfield grants” from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for cleaning up abandoned industrial and commercial properties.

06/07/2012

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EPA Completes Arsenic Cleanup In South Minneapolis

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it has finished its cleanup of arsenic contamination in a south Minneapolis neighborhood a full year ahead of schedule.

06/06/2012

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EPA Administrator To Talk At Minnesota University

The Environmental Protection Agency Administrator will be in the Twin Cities this week.

01/16/2012

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