Posts By: Matt Doll

New Blue Line route is an environmental justice win

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Last week, Hennepin County and the Metropolitan Council announced their new preferred route for the Blue Line light rail extension, a major transit project that would connect communities in North Minneapolis, Crystal, Robbinsdale, and Brooklyn Park with the existing Blue Line. This particular route is a significant victory for some of the… Read more »

As Legislature returns, Senate environment bill is riddled with issues

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Tomorrow, the Minnesota Legislature will return from the Easter/Passover break and return to the work of crafting spending and policy omnibus bills. These large bills package provisions from numerous smaller proposals to eventually be negotiated between the House and the Senate. If all goes smoothly, deals will be made by… Read more »

Legislature may let Minnesotans renew, enhance Environment Trust Fund amendment through 2050

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership In 2024, one of Minnesota’s most popular constitutional amendments is scheduled toexpire. Not the amendment to abolish the office of State Treasurer, or the amendment to allow creation of a Court of Appeals, but the highly visible amendment that dedicates state lottery dollars to the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF). … Read more »

More aquifers were breached by Line 3 than previously thought

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Earlier this week, the Minnesota DNR reported that Canadian oil company Enbridge’s Line 3 oil pipeline has inflicted even more damage than Minnesotans realized on Minnesota’s waters. In addition to the January 2021 aquifer breach near Clearbrook and the spills of drilling fluid that MEP has extensively written on, construction… Read more »

Bipartisan bills would support clean crop development

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership On Wednesday, the Minnesota Senate Agriculture Committee heard testimony on two bills that would help build a growing agricultural revolution on Minnesota farmland by supporting research, development, and markets for new, regenerative crops. These bills have bipartisan support – a testament to their benefits to the evolving agricultural landscape in… Read more »

MEP releases 2022 Briefing Book

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership MEP is proud to announce the publication of our 2022 Briefing Book, Blueprint for our Future. This book identifies the major environmental threats Minnesota faces, the work already being done, and solutions that MEP’s coalition members have put forward. This project has been driven by MEP’s outgoing Advocacy Director, Sara Wolff, who… Read more »

Bills would continue efforts to reduce PFAS exposure

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership On Thursday, February 24th, the Minnesota House Environment and Natural Resources Committee heard two promising bills that would help to limit the exposure of Minnesotans to PFAS, a class of “forever chemicals” that don’t break down naturally in the environment and have a troubling track record of causing health problems…. Read more »

Federal plan would accelerate Great Lakes cleanups

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership This week, President Joe Biden and EPA Administrator Michael Regan announced a plan to use most of a $1 billion investment in the Great Lakes from the Infrastructure and Jobs Act to clean up polluted areas. These investments around the world’s greatest freshwater resource will improve ecosystems, support jobs, and deliver tangible… Read more »

MPCA seeks broad community input

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, or MPCA, is currently soliciting community feedback on environmental concerns and agency practices in a survey that closes this Tuesday, February 15th. As one of the agencies most responsible for safeguarding Minnesota’s people, resources, and ecosystems, it’s critical that the MPCA hear feedback and needs from Minnesotans…. Read more »