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.
EPA Reaches Tentative Settlement With Mines Over Park HazeThe 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.
Officials: Minn. Businesses Lead The Nation In Preventing PollutionState officials say a new report shows that Minnesota businesses lead the nation in reducing or eliminating dangerous pollutants from their work processes.
Judge Rejects Farm Groups' Lawsuit To Keep EPA Data PrivateA 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.
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.