Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Two Minnesota government agencies are in the early stages of developing new environmental rules governing the silica sand mining vital to hydraulic fracturing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just east of Minnesota highway 65 in East Bethel is a sprawling 570 acres of mature oak savanna, prairie and wetlands.
A Minnesota dog with a keen nose for sniffing out mercury has died.
Minnesota GreenCorps is now recruiting host sites and Americorp volunteers for the upcoming program year.
Environmental groups have reached an agreement with Flint Hills Resources to cut greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollution from its planned upgrade at Minnesota’s largest oil refinery.
A winter of heavy snowfall and freezing rain is giving way to warming temperatures, rapid melting and a potential for flooding.
Canadian Pacific says the rail line where a derailment and crude oil spill occurred in western Minnesota has been re-opened. The railroad says an inspection and track repairs are complete and a cleanup is progressing.
Authorities say 14 cars of a Canadian Pacific Railroad have derailed in western Minnesota and at least three have spilled or leaked crude oil.
Sheriff’s officials say 14 cars of a train carrying crude oil derailed in western Minnesota and spilled some of its load.