Minnesota Warns EPA Against Crippling The State's AuthorityMinnesota officials have warned a federal agency that a proposal to streamline water quality laws would cripple their authority to protect drinking water, streams and wildlife from dozens of new projects each year.
Report: Great Lakes States Need $80B For Water, Sewer FixesFederal regulators say nearly $80 billion is needed over the next 20 years to reduce sewage overflows and protect drinking water in the Great Lakes region.
Federal Officials Asked To Closely Monitor Water Pollution In Wis.Clean water advocates are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to strip Wisconsin of its authority to control water pollution if it doesn't do a better job.
Agencies, Enbridge Plan Straits Of Mackinac Oil Spill DrillState and federal agencies are teaming with pipeline operator Enbridge Energy Partners for an oil spill response exercise in the area where crude is piped beneath the Great Lakes.
Volkswagen Stock Plummets As CEO Admits To Software CheatThe scandal at Volkswagen is growing. The German car manufacturer admitted Tuesday that software designed to cheat emissions tests was installed in 11 million cars worldwide. The scandal prompted an apology from Volkswagen USA CEO Michael Horn. "Our company was dishonest with the EPA," Horn said.
Immigrants, Poor Fish For Their Dinner, Unaware Of MercuryIt's midday and the white bucket balanced on the rocky shore at Mountha Uppasay's feet holds five or six white bass, moving sluggishly in the water she scooped from the Des Moines River.
Judge Lifts Order After Duluth Stops Sewage OverflowsFederal officials and Duluth's mayor say the city has met its obligation to end overflows of sewage into Lake Superior. A federal judge has lifted a 2009 consent decree that required Duluth and the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District to stop sewage overflows by 2016. The last overflow happened during flooding in 2012.
Environmental Groups, EPA Settle Suit Over Sherco EmissionsClean air advocates, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and a subsidiary of Xcel Energy have reached a settlement that will reduce emissions from the Sherco plant in Sherburne County. The settlement was filed Friday in U.S. District Court.
Report: Measure Great Lakes Cleanup ProgressA government report says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should do more to make sure a Great Lakes cleanup program is meeting its goals. Congress has spent about $1.3 billion on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative over the past four years.
Top EPA Official To Visit Revitalized Minn. Lake A top official from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is getting an up-close look at a Minneapolis lake to highlight turnaround strategies for once-impaired waters. EPA Water Administrator Nancy Stoner planned Wednesday to tour Powderhorn Lake with a leader from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
The Unclean Truth: How Five Cities Stack Up On RecyclingFrom the East Coast to the West Coast, recycling is a big issue for local governments.
3 Minn. Venues Honored For Cutting Food WasteThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is giving a shout-out to three Minnesota venues for reducing their food waste.
EPA Creates Great Lakes Protection Advisory BoardThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is creating a board to help federal agencies carry out two Great Lakes protection programs.
Very Small Radiation Level Detected In MinnesotaThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it has detected slightly elevated levels of radiation in rainwater in St. Paul. The EPA says elevated levels were expected after the March 11 tsunami in Japan and are not dangerous.