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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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DNR Plan To Log Natural Area Upsets East Bethel Residents

Just east of Minnesota highway 65 in East Bethel is a sprawling 570 acres of mature oak savanna, prairie and wetlands.

05/01/2013

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Clancy, Minnesota’s Mercury-Sniffing Dog, Dies

A Minnesota dog with a keen nose for sniffing out mercury has died.

04/26/2013

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Minn. GreenCorps Recruiting Host Sites, Volunteers

Minnesota GreenCorps is now recruiting host sites and Americorp volunteers for the upcoming program year.

04/23/2013

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Environmentalists Reach Accord With MN Refinery

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.

04/16/2013

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MPCA Advises Farmers On Manure Management

A winter of heavy snowfall and freezing rain is giving way to warming temperatures, rapid melting and a potential for flooding.

03/30/2013

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CP Lowers Estimate Of Oil Spill In Western Minn.

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.

03/28/2013

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14 Train Cars Derail In Otter Tail County, Some Spilling Oil

Authorities say 14 cars of a Canadian Pacific Railroad have derailed in western Minnesota and at least three have spilled or leaked crude oil.

03/27/2013

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14 Cars Derail In Otter Tail County

Sheriff’s officials say 14 cars of a train carrying crude oil derailed in western Minnesota and spilled some of its load.

03/27/2013

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Minn. Officials Have Few Details On Spending Cuts

The deadline for a deal to avert $85 billion in government-wide spending cuts is just days away, but Minnesota officials are still playing a guessing game for where and when federal funding would be slashed in the state.

02/27/2013

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MPCA Hosting Wild Rice Standards Study Open House

The Minnesota Pollution Control agency will host an open house Thursday to provide an update on its long-term study on whether the state should revise its water quality standard for protecting wild rice beds.

02/27/2013

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Air Pollution Alert Issued For Twin Cities, Rochester

An air pollution health alert has been issued for both the Twin Cities and the Rochester area on Tuesday until midnight.

02/26/2013

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MPCA Lauds Utilities For Cutting Mercury Emissions

Minnesota’s coal-fired power plants have cut their mercury emissions in half over the last 15 years, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency said Monday.

02/18/2013

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MPCA Seeks To Cut Exposure To BPA In Receipt Paper

A new project at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is helping restaurants, hotels and other hospitality businesses switch to paperless receipt systems.

02/14/2013

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Bongards Cheese Plant In Perham Fined $79,000

Bongards’ Creameries has paid a $79,000 fine to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for wastewater violations at its cheese plant in Perham.

12/19/2012

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Air-Pollution Alert Issued For Much Of Minnesota

Minnesota officials have issued an air-pollution health alert for the southern two-thirds of the state. They urge people who are sensitive to air pollution to take proper precautions.

12/01/2012

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Report Mixed On Mississippi-St. Cloud Watershed

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is giving a mixed report on the Mississippi River watershed in the St. Cloud area.

11/29/2012

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MPCA Board To Hear Wild Rice Study Update

The Citizens Board of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency hears an update Tuesday on a major study on a water quality standard meant to protect wild rice.

11/26/2012

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MPCA: Minnesota River Becoming Healthier

The Minnesota River is getting healthier, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says it shows efforts to reduce pollution from wastewater treatment systems are making the difference.

11/12/2012

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