How The Twin Cities' Air Quality Has Been Impacted By Coronavirus PandemicPollution has dropped, at least temporarily, worldwide following COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. Now we’re getting a look at how those stay-at-home orders have impacted air quality in the U.S. and more specifically the Twin Cities.
Researchers Link Air Pollution To Increases In Violent Criminal BehaviorResearchers have found that breathing dirty air, even just for a day, can cause people to become more aggressive and violent.
Twin Cities Plant Completes Testing On New Pollution Control EquipmentA Twin Cities plant that released a toxic chemical into the air for years has completed testing of its new pollution control equipment.
Study: MN Air Pollution Plays Measurable Role In HealthA new report from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency found even low levels of air pollution can contribute to serious illnesses and early death. The report, which analyzed data from 2013, says five to ten percent of deceased Minnesotans died partly because of air pollution.
Air Quality Improves In Minnesota, Fire Risk Still HighMonday's readings from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency showed somewhat improved air quality conditions in the state.
Air Advisory Issued For Central, Southern MinnesotaAn air pollution health advisory is in effect for central and southern Minnesota. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says a combination of low clouds, fog and light southeasterly to easterly winds are combining Thursday to cause fine particle pollution to approach a level considered unhealthy.
Report Links Air Pollution To 2,000 Twin Cities Deaths In 2008Air pollution may be a factor in the deaths of thousands of Twin Cities residents a year, a new report says.
Air Pollution Warning Issued For Northern MinnesotaThe Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is issuing an air pollution warning for northern Minnesota due to smoke from wildfires in Canada.
Supreme Court Seems Divided Over EPA Mercury LimitsThe Supreme Court's conservative justices cast doubt Wednesday on the Obama administration's first-ever regulations aimed at reducing power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants.
Southern Half Of Minn. Under Air Pollution AdvisoryThe southern half of Minnesota is under an air pollution advisory. Warmer temperatures, along with moisture and low winds, are causing fine particles to be trapped near the ground. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says it's unhealthy for people with respiratory health problems.
Tiller Fined For Frack Sand Air, Noise ViolationsA silica sand processing plant in eastern Minnesota has agreed to pay a fine for air quality and noise violations. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency levied a fine of $85,000 for Tiller Corp. which has been operating a processing and shipment center in Chisago County for nearly two years.
MPCA Expands Air Pollution Alert In Eastern Minn.The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has expanded its air pollution advisory and has now put the eastern two-thirds of the state under an air pollution health alert.
MPCA Issues Air Pollution Alert, AdvisoryThe Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an air pollution health alert for western Minnesota effective through noon on Friday. The agency says a strong temperature inversion, snow melt and fog are trapping fine-particle pollution near the surface, causing unhealthy levels for sensitive groups. An air pollution health advisory has also been issued for the southern half of Minnesota — including the Twin Cities and Rochester — beginning Thursday evening and extending into Friday morning. Fine-particle concentrations are expected to increase and may reach unhealthy levels for sensitive groups for short periods.
Heat Triggers Pollution Advisory For MetroThe 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.
Minn. PCA Issues Air Pollution AlertThe 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.