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Oil Tanker Train Leaves Messy Trail Along Mississippi River Route

It is expected to take several days to clean up the mess caused by a leaking Canadian Pacific oil tanker train. The train left a 65-mile long oil spill from Red Wing to Winona on Monday morning before the leak was finally detected and stopped.

02/06/2014

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MPCA Investigates 12,000-Gallon Spill Near Winona

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency was investigating Tuesday after a Canadian Pacific Railway train dribbled about 12,000 gallons of crude oil along 68 miles of track between Winona and Red Wing in southeastern Minnesota.

02/04/2014

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US Steel Gets State Permits For Minntac Expansion

United States Steel Corp. has now received the state permits it needs to expand its Minntac mine at Mountain Iron but is waiting on one remaining federal permit.

01/29/2014

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Silica Sand Summit Planned At Winona State

Opponents of the region’s growing silica sand mining industry are preparing to convene a “citizens summit” in Winona on Saturday. The event at Winona State University is being organized by the Land Stewardship Project so residents can share strategy and hear from experts.

01/17/2014

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State Proposed To Drop 9 Polluted Superfund Sites

State agencies have proposed adding nine polluted locations to the list of Minnesota superfund sites while removing the Minneapolis impound lot. The impound lot just west of downtown was a dump before the 1960s. It was added to the list in 1986.

01/16/2014

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Good Question: How Does Minnesota Rank In Recycling?

Minnesota is considering a new recycling program where you could return your drink containers for 10 cents a piece. On Tuesday, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency held a public hearing to release a report that argued our can and bottle recycling rate could rise from 45 percent to 84 percent with a 10-cent deposit fee. The report said a new program would add 1,000 jobs in the state, but costs beverage producers $29 million.So that had us wondering: How does Minnesota rank in recycling?

01/15/2014

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Minn. Names Member Of Silica Sand Advisory Panel

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Department of Natural Resources have named a mix of local government officials, citizens and industry officials to a new 15-member silica sand advisory committee.

01/13/2014

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MPCA Releases Wild Rice Sulfate Studies

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency plans to make preliminary recommendations by the end of February on whether state standards to protect wild rice from sulfates should be changed.

01/07/2014

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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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MPCA Official Going To Washington To Talk Nitrates

A leading Minnesota Pollution Control Agency official is going to Washington for a White House-organized brainstorming session on reducing nitrate contamination in the Mississippi River basin.

11/20/2013

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Study: Minnesotans Wasting More Food, Plastic

Minnesotans are throwing away more food and more plastic these days. And that’s discouraging to officials who say valuable resources are being wasted that could create jobs if they were recycled instead.

11/18/2013

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Meetings Set On Reducing Nutrients In Minn. Waters

Regulators are holding a series of open houses around Minnesota to give people the chance to review and comment on a proposed statewide strategy for reducing phosphorus and nitrogen escaping into surface and groundwater.

11/16/2013

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Health Department: Harmful Vapor Entering SE Minneapolis Homes

Health officials said Thursday a harmful vapor is potentially entering homes and buildings in parts of Minneapolis, and it’s raising health concerns for residents. The Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency sent letters on Wednesday to residents in the Como neighborhood of southeast Minneapolis to alert them of the issue.

11/07/2013

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Will Container Deposits Encourage More Recycling?

Minnesota’s recycling rate is among the highest in the country. But that’s not saying a lot when you consider that at 47 percent, less than half of all residents are chipping in.

09/30/2013

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Top EPA Official To Visit Revitalized Minn. Lake

A top official from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is getting an up-close look at a Minneapolis lake to highlight turnaround strategies for once-impaired waters. EPA Water Administrator Nancy Stoner planned Wednesday to tour Powderhorn Lake with a leader from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

09/25/2013

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Good Question: What Are The Rules For Motorcycle Noise?

We’ve all heard that sound — a motorcycle so loud it can hurt your ears. Some bikers say they do it to be safer on the road, but being too loud is against Minnesota law.

09/12/2013

A Remnant Of 9/11 In Southwest Minnesota

After the 9/11 investigation at Ground Zero was complete, officials allowed parts of the Twin Towers to be donated for memorials.

09/10/2013

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Fish Kill Investigated In Renville County

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is investigating a fish kill in Renville County. Authorities were called Wednesday night about dead fish in West Fork Beaver Creek south of Danube. Observers found dead northern pike, smallmouth bass, suckers and minnows in the creek.

08/16/2013

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2 Minn. Agencies Begin Crafting Sand Mining Rules

Two Minnesota government agencies are in the early stages of developing new environmental rules governing the silica sand mining vital to hydraulic fracturing.

07/22/2013

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Pollution Agency Warns Of Algae Amid High Temperatures

As temperatures soar into the 90s this week, the MPCA is reminding people to beware of toxic algae blooms. The agency said that people should avoid lakes and ponds that have these blooms, and to keep children and pets away.

07/15/2013

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Smoke From Canadian Wildfires Affects Minnesota

Smoke from Canadian wildfires is affecting air quality across Minnesota. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says monitors across the state are measuring elevated levels of fine particle pollution. Satellite imagery indicates the Canadian smoke is blanketing much of Minnesota.

07/10/2013

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Heat Triggers Pollution Advisory For Metro

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued a health advisory Monday because of the air pollution caused by the heat. The MPCA says that the ozone concentration is at its highest point during the evening between 5 – 9 p.m. They advise that people should avoid too much outdoor activity during this time of day. Despite the advisory, people are still spending time outside, and many are taking precautions.

07/08/2013

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Minn. PCA Issues Air Pollution Alert

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an air pollution health advisory for the Twin Cities and Rochester. The alert is for Sunday and Monday. The agency says sunny skies, hot temperatures and light winds are leading to pollution concentrations that considered unhealthy for sensitive groups.

07/08/2013

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MPCA Updates Air Quality Index Site

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is making it easier to keep tabs on changing air quality conditions. The MPCA has finished a major upgrade of its Air Quality Index website and it’s ready for the summer recreation season.

07/03/2013

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Study Finds Chemicals, Drugs Common In Minn. Lakes

A new study finds that chemicals from household products, prescriptions and illegal drugs are common in Minnesota lakes. MPCA scientists chose 50 lakes at random and tested the water for 125 chemicals. The common insect repellent DEET was found in 76 percent of lakes.

05/13/2013

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