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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.