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Minnesota Power To Pay For State Park Improvements

Minnesota Power has agreed to make $53,000 in improvements at Jay Cooke State Park instead of paying a penalty for stormwater violations. The MPCA says Minnesota Power hired a contractor in 2012 to do excavation work near the utility’s boat launch on the Island Lake reservoir in Duluth. But the MPCA says they didn’t have a proper state permit and failed to take the proper precautions to prevent sediment from flowing into the reservoir, a popular fishing and recreation spot. They later took corrective actions.

07/11/2014

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MPCA: Keep Your Pets Away From Algae-Filled Waters

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is advising pet owners to be cautious around lakes and slow-moving streams after the death of a dog in Sherburne County last weekend. The MPCA says Brock Tatge and his family, who live on Prairie Lake, were enjoying their Sunday when their dog, Copper, became ill after fetching a tennis ball from the lake.

06/26/2014

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MPCA: More Analysis On Sulfate Standard Needed

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says more data analysis must be done to determine whether changes to the state’s water quality standards are warranted to protect wild rice from sulfates.

03/12/2014

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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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01/10/2014

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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 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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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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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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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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MN Urges Farmers To Reduce Nitrate Runoff

State regulators blamed farming for rising nitrate levels in southern Minnesota surface waters in a new report Wednesday, citing the increasing use of drainage tiling as a major reason.

06/26/2013

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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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Minnesota’s Mercury-Sniffing Dog Dies

A Minnesota dog with a keen nose for sniffing out mercury has died. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says Clancy died Sunday. He was 14.

04/26/2013

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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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