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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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To Save Bees, Minn. Growers & Gardeners Are Switching Pesticides

A new trend in gardening is generating a buzz. More growers and gardeners are moving away from chemicals and insecticides that are hurting or killing bees.

04/18/2014

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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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New Law To Reveal Radon Testing To Home Buyers

Drive down any residential block in Minnesota and the hidden risk of radon is there. That’s because according to state health experts, 40 percent of all homes have radon levels above the danger threshold.

11/06/2013

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EPA Issues Rules To Cut Haze Over Voyageurs, BWCA

Federal regulators have issued final regulations aimed at reducing pollution from taconite processing plants that causes haze over northern Minnesota’s wild areas including Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, as well as Isle Royal National Park in Michigan.

01/17/2013

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The Unclean Truth: How Five Cities Stack Up On Recycling

From the East Coast to the West Coast, recycling is a big issue for local governments.

12/26/2012

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Clean Air Suit Targets Largest Minn. Power Plant

Clean air advocates are suing the Environmental Protection Agency, seeking an order to require the EPA to mandate that Xcel Energy install the best available technology to reduce emissions at Minnesota’s biggest power plant.

12/05/2012

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3 Minn. Venues Honored For Cutting Food Waste

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is giving a shout-out to three Minnesota venues for reducing their food waste.

11/16/2012

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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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Minn. Tribe, Wis. Group Among EPA Grant Recipients

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced $25,000 grants to each of four recipients in the Great Lakes region, including a Minnesota tribe and a Wisconsin nonprofit organization.

01/08/2012

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EPA Rules Threaten Older Power Plants

More than 32 mostly coal-fired power plants in a dozen states will be forced to shut down and an additional 36 might have to close because of new federal air pollution regulations, according to an Associated Press survey.

12/19/2011

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MN Group Warns Of Dangers Of Mercury In Fish

An environmental group is warning Minnesotans to beware of mercury emissions in the fish they eat.

12/08/2011

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EPA Completes Minneapolis Arsenic Cleanup

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has completed an arsenic cleanup project in south Minneapolis.

11/28/2011

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EPA Clarifies Permitting Process On Tribal Lands

Tribal economies could see a boost with a new rule that makes it easier — and possibly timelier — for some industrial facilities to obtain permits to do business on American Indian reservations.

07/28/2011

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