'Flushable' Wet Wipes Wreaking Havoc On Sewer SystemsWhat people flush down the toilet is causing trouble in our sewer systems. While it is common sense that items like clothing should not go down the drain, there are other household items you may be flushing and should not.
Smoke Prompts Air Pollution Advisory For Parts Of MinnesotaThe Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an air pollution advisory for parts of Minnesota, including the Twin Cities metro area. The agency says the advisory was prompted by a narrow plume of smoke form fires in Kansas and Nebraska.
Groundwater Contamination Concerns Growing In Central MinnesotaGroundwater contamination is a rapidly growing concern among Minnesota scientists. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency said up to 60 percent of groundwater monitoring wells sampled in central Minnesota are contaminated with nitrate.
MPCA: Disposable Wipes Should Have 'No Flush' WarningThe Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is calling for a "do not flush" warning on so-called "flushable" sanitary wipes. This comes after years of complaints that the wipes are clogging local sewer systems.
Dayton Appoints 8 To New Pollution Control CommitteeGov. Mark Dayton has appointed eight people to a new committee to advise the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Dayton created the panel by executive order last year after the Legislature abolished the MPCA Citizens' Board.
Air Advisory Issued For Central, Southern MinnesotaAn air pollution health advisory is in effect for central and southern Minnesota. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says a combination of low clouds, fog and light southeasterly to easterly winds are combining Thursday to cause fine particle pollution to approach a level considered unhealthy.
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.
MPCA Claims Environmental Successes In 2015The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says it came up with a variety of creative approaches to the state's environmental challenges in 2015. The agency's "Swimmable, Fishable, Fixable?" report in April offered evidence about impaired water quality and its causes.
30-Day Comment Period On Wild Rice Standards Now OpenThe Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has opened a 30-day public comment period on proposed changes to the state's water quality standards for protecting wild rice. State law currently limits discharges of sulfates into wild rice waters to 10 milligrams per liter.
What's With The Stink In The Twin Cities?People across the Twin Cities noticed a strange smell in the air on Monday. From Elk River to St. Paul to Lakeville to Minnetonka, social media was buzzing about a strange odor in the air.
Reports: Minnesota's Wetlands Aren't Healthy EverywhereMinnesota's wetlands are healthy overall but are suffering in agricultural and populated areas, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency said in a pair of reports released Thursday just ahead of the waterfowl season. The reports paint a picture of two distinct parts of Minnesota. Around three-fourths of the state's wetlands are in north-central and northeastern Minnesota.
Health Officials: Lab Employee Misconduct Prompts Water Sample ReviewState health officials say a laboratory employee is under scrutiny after an internal review found evidence of misconduct on work performed on state water samples.