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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 »

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 »