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Legislature gives all for mining industry, but workers are next target anyway

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

Times are tough for workers in Minnesota’s mining industry. Low prices for metals have led to layoffs and plant closures that have affected more than 1,500 mine workers. Now, the United Steelworkers are locked in contentious contract negotiations. According to news reports, US Steel wants to end retiree health benefits and significantly increase health care… Read more »

Could PolyMet pollute Lake Superior and the BWCA?

Posted by & filed under Loon Commons blog, Water.

For years, PolyMet has claimed that their proposed sulfide mine could have no impact on the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. But an article in the Timberjay reveals that after closure, polluted groundwater from PolyMet could flow into Birch Lake and then into the Boundary Waters. Even more disturbing, the models used by PolyMet to predict that no… Read more »

No more tar sands? Easy as 1-2-3

Posted by & filed under Keystone XL, Loon Commons blog, oil, oil sands, tar sands.

“ONE: We are the people.” “TWO: We are un-i-ted.” “THREE: We will not let you build this pipeline.” Of all the chants that rang through the streets of downtown St. Paul during Saturday’s Tar Sands Resistance March, that’s the only one still ringing through my head. It was a beautiful day for a march. Five… Read more »

Minnesota Environmental Partnership Issues Statement on Revised Ag and Environment Bill

Posted by & filed under Clean Water, Legislature, news.

Saint Paul, Minn. (June 5, 2015) — Earlier today, the Minnesota Legislature released a revised version of the Ag and Environment Budget Bill, following Governor Dayton’s veto of the bill on May 23. The Governor vetoed the bill citing the many roll backs on Minnesota’s environmental protections. The Minnesota Environmental Partnership (MEP) and its 70… Read more »

23 DFL Senators Calling for Preservation of MPCA Citizens Board are Supported by 2012 EQB Study No One Got to Hear About

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Late on the night of Saturday, May 16, language was inserted into the conference committee report on HF 846, the Agriculture and Environment Finance Bill, eliminating the 48-year old MPCA Citizens Board. A bill to substantially reduce the authority of the Citizens Board (HF 1394) was previously heard in the House, but its companion was… Read more »

Climate change is a daunting challenge, but Minnesota still has healthy choices

Posted by & filed under air pollution, carbon pollution, carbon pollution standard, clean air, Clean Energy, climate change, Energy, Health, Loon Commons blog.

By Robert Moffitt, American Lung Association This post originally appeared in MinnPost We see evidence of climate disruption every day, right in our own backyard. The ragweed pollen season has increased by over two weeks in the past 15 years, causing plenty of discomfort to those with allergies. Extreme weather events and changes to the… Read more »

Minnesota Environmental Partnership Issues Statement on Governor’s Vetos

Posted by & filed under Clean Water, Energy, news.

Saint Paul, Minn. (May 23, 2015) — Earlier today, Governor Dayton used his veto pen on two major budget bills: the Agriculture and Environment Budget Bill, which contained a scaled back version of his buffer initiative and other provisions that would roll back Minnesota’s environmental protections; and the Jobs and Energy Budget Bill, which contained… Read more »

Legislature misses the mark on environmental issues; advocates urge Governor to stand his ground

Posted by & filed under Clean Energy, Clean Water, Energy, Legislature, news, transportation.

May 18, 2015, St. Paul, Minn – As the Minnesota Legislature prepares to adjourn later today, it’s clear that the outcomes of this Session will be marked by steps backward and missed opportunities for the precious Great Outdoors Minnesotans value dearly. “When we ask Minnesotans what they value most about our state, they talk about… Read more »

House Omnibus Bill Undercuts Minnesotans Love of Clean Water

Posted by & filed under Clean Water, Policy Update, Press Release.

(April 15, 2015, St. Paul, Minn)  – Today, the House Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee is hearing public testimony on the Environment and Natural Resources Omnibus Finance bill. The Minnesota Environmental Partnership and its more than 70 member organizations oppose many provisions in this bill that harm the progress Minnesota has made… Read more »