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Legislature may finally get the lead out of Minnesota water and wildlife

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Lead poisoning is one of the oldest medical conditions known to humankind. It’s a virtually irreversible, permanent disease caused by exposure to lead through ingestion or breathing. There is no safe level of lead, and it’s especially dangerous to children. Once inside the body, lead settles in bones and nerve… Read more »

MN momentum is for clean water, not sulfide mines

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership At times, it has seemed like Minnesota would soon see copper-nickel sulfide mining projects breaking ground near our most vulnerable waters, destroying climate-critical wetlands and threatening communities and ecosystems with centuries of pollution. This week is not one of those times. Clean water advocates scored a tremendous victory this week… Read more »

Legislative plans would be a big boost for Minnesota climate action

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Earlier this week, the Minnesota House Climate Action Caucus unveiled its 2022 Minnesota Climate Action Plan. This plan consists of a series of proposals that would invest in many different pieces of the climate and energy landscape in Minnesota. Taken together, the plan would be an impressive set of climate actions… Read more »

Sulfide mining debate continues, despite lack of need

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership It feels like it’s been forever that international corporations have planned sulfide mines for northeast Minnesota. Maybe it’s taking long enough that it will become clear to everyone that we don’t need the minerals, especially not for the clean energy projects the corporations claim the mines are for.  Last month,… Read more »

Our 2022 priorities focus on climate, environmental justice

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership In late November, the MEP team including members, staff, and our Board of Directors finalized our coalition’s 2022 Collaborative Priorities. This document will help set MEP’s strategy for the 2022 legislative session and our communications throughout the year.  The Collaborative Priorities are informed by the things that MEP runs on: science,… Read more »

MEP works to dispel myth of ethanol as a climate solution

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership On Monday, December 6, MEP and 20 allied organizations called on the Minnesota House of Representatives to fix a problem that is deeply entrenched in Minnesota’s policies, economy, and landscape: the predominance of corn based ethanol. In our letter to key House committee chairs, we asked them to begin a transition away… Read more »

DNR comment period on mining near BWCA ends December 8th

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Five days left to make a difference for the BWCA: The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is currently accepting public comments on regulations that will play a key role in the future of the Boundary Waters Wilderness and the Rainy River Watershed. Minnesota’s nonferrous mining rules – covering mining ores other than… Read more »

Infrastructure bill delivers on key environmental priorities

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership On Monday, President Joe Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, bipartisan (IIJA) legislation that will invest more than $1.2 trillion in the engineered systems that the U.S. economy is built on. The Act is one of the biggest victories for clean water and clean transportation in Minnesota in… Read more »

List of impaired waters keeps growing in Minnesota

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Earlier this week, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency added more than 300 stretches of water to Minnesota’s impaired waters list. Each lake, stream, or river included on this list is considered to be impaired by failing to meet environmental standards for beneficial uses, including drinking water, aquatic habitat, fishing, or swimming…. Read more »