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In east Saint Paul, a carbon-free community is in the works

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership In a departure from our usual MEP voice, this column has been written from the author’s personal perspective. I’ll forgive you if you’re not familiar with St. Paul’s Greater East Side, the area of the city that I call home. Though it’s an area with a rich culture and history, our… Read more »

Defense Production move a win for climate and energy bills

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Last week, President Joe Biden announced that his administration would use its trade authority and employ the Cold War-era Defense Production Act to address one of the country’s most fundamental security issues: our need for clean, reliable energy. President Biden’s move would freeze tariffs on many imported solar panels and… Read more »

Special session may follow after Legislative fizzle

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Minnesota’s 2022 Legislative Session reached its constitutional deadline after a frantic but ultimately unfruitful week of activity at the Capitol. From MEP’s perspective, more progress was left on the table than passed despite a record-high budget surplus, but a few bright spots on MEP priorities did make it through the gridlock.

Minnesota has every reason to reforest and re-prairie

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership On Monday, the City of Minneapolis and the city’s Parks and Recreation Board unveiled a $1 million plan to plant 200,000 trees throughout the city. City and Parks officials said that the plan represents a key investment in Minneapolis’s climate action and resilience efforts and in environmental justice. This program… Read more »

Fond du Lac Band, backed by EPA, may protect its waters with halt to PolyMet wetland permit

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Last week, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa achieved a major and unprecedented win in their effort to protect their lands and waters from sulfide mining pollution. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it agreed with the northeastern Minnesota tribe that the Army Corps of… Read more »

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 »