News Watch: April 4, 2012

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture and Food; Air Quality; Businesses and Jobs; Conservation; Energy; Environmental Permitting; Fish and Wildlife; Great Lakes; Green Living; Invasive Species, Legislature and Administration; Mining; Parks and Trails; Pollution and Toxins; Recycling and Waste Reduction; Transportation; Water

Agriculture and Food
Minnesota 2020: Hope for Spring Crops: Grain, Oil, Currency
Star Tribune: New food rules felt on the farms
TC Daily Planet: Minneapolis League of Women Voters hosts forum on growing local food economy
(MEP member groups Eureka Recycling and League of Women Voters mentioned)

Air Quality
Mesabi Daily News: Haze over BWCAW, VNP concerns regulators

Businesses and Jobs
Duluth News Tribune: Lake Superior Zoo has new logo
Fox 21 News: Lake Superior Zoo gets New Logo

Conservation
Brainerd Dispatch: Nature Conservancy will be the Crosslake Chautauqua topic
(MEP member group the Nature Conservancy mentioned)

Energy
AP: EPA moves closer to approval of 15 pct. ethanol gas
Bemidji Pioneer: J. Drake Hamilton plans discussion on state’s clean energy future
(MEP member group Fresh Energy mentioned)
Duluth News Tribune: UMD forum focuses on future of coal-fired electricity
(MEP and MEP member groups Fresh Energy, MPIRG and Sierra Club mentioned)
Fierce Energy: Offshore wind finds support from Great Lakes states
Pioneer Press: Cargill, others OK’d to market E15 gas blend
Red Wing Republican Eagle: Letter: Harness wind, boost energy
Red Wing Republican Eagle: Letter: Harnessing wind power isn’t even close to ‘free’
Southside Pride: Letter: “Unusual event” at Prairie Island nuclear facility reminds us our watershed is at stake

Environmental Permitting
AP: Dayton signs environmental permitting bill
Duluth News Tribune: Minnesota permitting bill includes Iron Range provision
Mesabi Daily News: Dayton inks bill changing permit process
MinnPost: Dayton, GOP leaders finding agreement on environmental legislation
MPR: EPA registers suppliers of 15% ethanol fuel
Northland’s News Center: New Law Aims to Speed up Environmental Permitting Process
Pioneer Press: Dayton signs bill streamlining environmental permits
Politics in Minnesota: Dayton signs bill designed to ease permitting hurdles for businesses

Fish and Wildlife
Brainerd Dispatch: Pelicans return to Minnesota after near extinction
Northland’s News Center: Pelicans Making A Come Back In Minnesota
Red Wing Republican Eagle: Commentary: CAPX2020 threatens Mississippi River flyway

Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press: Editorial: Live with Great Lakes water levels, at least for now
Duluth News Tribune: Lake Superior level jumps in March

Legislature and Administration
Mesable Daily News: An early end to the session?
Soo Today: Lake Superior higher than it was a year ago at this time

Green Living
The Observer: Around the Great Lakes

Invasive Species
Pioneer Press: Poison pill could eradicate Asian carp, but at what cost?

Legislature and Administration
Pioneer Press: Environmental groups say bills would weaken wetland protections

Mining
Red Wing Republican Eagle: Letter: Don’t let county be an ostrich

Parks and Trails
Morris Sun Tribune: Fish and Wildlife Service Driving Trail near Morris is Open

Pollution and Toxins
Bemidji Pioneer: Crash spills 30,000 gallons of petroleum near Plummer
Fridley Patch: Fridley Cancer Cluster Roundup: A Blaine Employee Speaks Out
MinnPost: BPA will stay in food packaging and cans for now, says FDA
(MEP member group Institue for Agriculture and Trade Policy mentioned)
MinnPost: Is puberty before 10 the new normal for U.S. girls?
MPR: Noise pollution takes a toll on health

Recycling and Waste Reduction
Duluth News Tribune: City of Duluth asks residents to clean up road sand, drop it off

Transportation
Brainerd Dispatch: Transit fares on the way up
MinnPost: Understanding Minneapolis’ new bicycle pavement markings
Saint Cloud Times: Bike program back in motion

Water
Minnesota 2020: Toxic Waters
(MEP member group Environment Minnesota mentioned)

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