Posts By: Abbie Plouff, MEP Northeast Minnesota Program Coordinator

PolyMet Updates and Where We Go From Here

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On November 3, 2016 PolyMet filed its Permit to Mine with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. This year has seen a flurry of permit applications by PolyMet, all leading up to this big application. Here at the Minnesota Environmental Partnership, our coalition has been fighting the PolyMet mine for years now, and this permit… Read more »

Report from Standing Rock

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Editors note: Minnesota Environmental Partnership’s Northeast Minnesota Program Coordinator Abbie Plouff and Great Lakes Program Coordinator Irene Folstrom headed out this week to assist the Standing Rock Camp’s protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Dakota Access Pipeline would bring fracked oil from the Bakken oil fields down to its destination in southern Illinois. The… Read more »

Legislative Session Wrap-Up: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Posted by & filed under Clean Water, Loon Commons blog, transportation.

The Minnesota Legislature adjourned ahead of its constitutional deadline, and now as happened last year, everyone needs to sort out what just happened. A Supplemental Appropriations Bill was passed to the Governor, including some wins for the environment. However, neither a bonding bill nor a transportation package passed. There are rumors flying that we may… Read more »

Broadband For All: Supporting Sustainable Development in Greater MN

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This issue is perhaps a little unexpected, coming from us. Why would I take time on Earth Day to tell you about broadband development and environmentalism? It’s very important.   It’s 2016, and there are still many parts of rural Minnesota without access to the internet. According to the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband, 20% of… Read more »

Complete the Perennial Biofuels Program in 2016

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Farming is a Minnesota legacy. Clean water is a legacy Governor Mark Dayton hopes to leave behind. These two things don’t need to be at odds, and legislation to support perennial biofuels proves this. How do we protect the health of Minnesotans and our drinking water, while at the same time supporting a thriving community… Read more »