30-Day Comment Period On Wild Rice Standards Now OpenThe Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has opened a 30-day public comment period on proposed changes to the state's water quality standards for protecting wild rice. State law currently limits discharges of sulfates into wild rice waters to 10 milligrams per liter.
Canadian Wildfires Causing Unhealthy Air In MinnesotaThe thick haze caused by smoke from more than 100 Canadian wildfires is causing unhealthy air quality conditions across a large part of Minnesota. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency reports that the air quality is rated unhealthy for everyone from a large part of northwestern Minnesota, including Detroit Lakes, extending down to Brainerd and St. Cloud toward the Twin Cities suburbs.
MPCA To Release New Approach For Protecting Wild Rice WatersThe Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is about to propose a new approach Tuesday for protecting waters that grow wild rice.
Scientists To Review Wild Rice-Sulfate Research The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is holding a two-day meeting to review research on the effects of sulfates on wild rice. The St. Paul meeting Wednesday and Thursday is meant to provide scientific peer review for studies the MPCA commissioned as it prepares to decide whether the state's sulfate standard for waters that produce wild rice should stay the same or be changed.
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.
MPCA: Keep Your Pets Away From Algae-Filled WatersThe 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.
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.
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?
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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.
MPCA Official Going To Washington To Talk NitratesA 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.
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.