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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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Turkey Litter Power Plant Hit With $14K Fine

A power plant that burns turkey litter has agreed to pay a $14,000 fine for burning treated wood in violation of its permit.

11/08/2012

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SE Minn. Hog Farmer To Pay $14,000 Manure Penalty

A southeastern Minnesota hog farmer has agreed to pay a $14,000 penalty for discharging manure into waters that flow into the Zumbro River.

10/24/2012

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Oberstar Marks 40th Anniversary Of Clean Water Act

Jim Oberstar spent 34 years representing northeastern Minnesota in Congress, but he says one of his proudest legislative accomplishments took place before he was elected.

10/10/2012

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Minnesota Adds 511 Bodies To Impaired Waters List

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has added 511 streams, lakes and other bodies to its updated impaired waters list.

09/25/2012

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Eco Experience At The State Fair

Besides being fun, the State Fair can be educational, and offer ways to save you money. And one thing people can learn about is how to lead more sustainable lives while improving the environment.

08/28/2012

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MPCA Sets Meeting On Minneapolis Metal Shredder

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will hold a public meeting on a proposal by a Minneapolis scrap metal recycling company that wants looser rules.

08/08/2012

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Tests Find Big Sandy Lake Water Safe

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says tests find bacterial levels are safe at Big Sandy Lake near McGregor.

07/19/2012

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Air Pollution Advisory Extended In Twin Cities

Minnesota health officials have extended an air pollution warning in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area through Tuesday due to expected high levels of ozone.

07/02/2012

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MnSCU Penalized For Hazardous Waste Violations

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has penalized the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system for hazardous waste violations at two schools.

06/28/2012

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MPCA Warns Coal Tar Driveway Sealants Have Cancerous Chemicals

There’s a warning out Tuesday from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Officials say many people may be sealing their driveways with something that’s harmful to their health.

06/12/2012

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Pollution Control Agency Issues Health Advisory

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is issuing a health advisory to anyone who’s sensitive to elevated levels of ozone. The advisory is for the southern two-thirds of Minnesota and it will be in effect until midnight tonight.

06/09/2012

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Warm Weather Could Spawn Dangerous Blue-Green Algae

The warm weather is fueling a potential health risk on area lakes. Algae blooms are starting to grow and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has a warning about a particular type — blue-green algae.

06/09/2012

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Metal Recycling Co. Pleads Guilty To Failing To Report Emissions

A Minnesota company that recycles metal to make aluminum alloy pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to failing to report pollutant emissions to the EPA and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), the Department of Justice said. .

06/07/2012

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Minnesota’s New Pollution Watchdog Takes Control

The new head of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says he believes voluntary efforts by farmers can help the state move closer to cleaning up the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers.

05/23/2012

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64 Pounds Of Mercury Recovered West Of Duluth

A concerned citizen who saw an online ad for mercury helped authorities locate 64 pounds of the potentially toxic chemical, according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

05/17/2012

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Dayton Appoints New Minn. Pollution Watchdog

There’s a new chief Minnesota pollution watchdog.

05/01/2012

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MPCA Board To Revisit Voyageurs, BWCA Haze Rules

The citizens board of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is taking another crack at approving rules meant to cut the haze that sometimes clouds the views at Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

04/24/2012

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Wild Rice And Sulfates Study Begins This Spring

Research begins this spring into the effects of sulfates in water on Minnesota’s wild rice stands.

04/16/2012

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Minn. Legislature OKs Permit Efficiency Bill

The Minnesota Legislature has sent Gov. Mark Dayton a measure aimed at speeding up the environmental permitting process for businesses.

03/29/2012

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MPCA Offers Truckers Loans To Help Fuel Costs

With diesel fuel prices climbing to $4 per gallon, Minnesota is offering long-haul truckers low-interest loans to help them save money, stay cool this summer and reduce pollution on overnight rest stops.

03/27/2012

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Forum On River Water Quality Set For Red Wing

The public is invited to a conversation on water quality issues facing the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers on Thursday in Red Wing.

03/26/2012

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Northshore Mining To Pay Over $240K For Pollution

Northshore Mining Co. has agreed to pay a penalty of over $240,000 for air-quality violations at its taconite plant in Silver Bay.

02/16/2012

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DNR Says It Meets 150-Day Permit Issuing Goal

The Department of Natural Resources says it’s meeting a new 150-day target for approving or rejecting permit applications 99.6 percent of the time.

02/09/2012

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MPCA: Streamlined Permit Process Yields Success

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says it’s achieving a 99 percent success rate in issuing environmental permits for construction of new projects and expansions of existing facilities within 150 days.

02/07/2012

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