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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 »

All eyes on world leaders as climate summit begins

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership During this week, the members of the G20 – an organization of 19 of the world’s wealthiest countries and the European Union – have been meeting in Rome in advance of the United Nations COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland that begins tomorrow. The commitments and actions of the G20,… Read more »

Biden Administration move could save Boundary Waters from sulfide mining

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership On Wednesday, October 20, the Biden Administration announced that it would resume federal efforts to seek a 20-year ban on sulfide mining on federal lands surrounding the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Thanks to advocacy from Minnesotans, organizations, and courageous lawmakers including Congresswoman Betty McCollum and Senator Tina Smith, this… Read more »

Regenerative crops are rapidly becoming a reality

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Minnesota is home to the 5th-largest agricultural sector in the nation. About half of the state’s farming income comes from crop agriculture, of which corn and soybeans are the dominant products. Corn is especially prevalent – Minnesota is the fourth-largest producer in the nation and is home to more than… Read more »

Oil companies: a broken record of broken promises

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Over the last weeks, two events in the oil industry, along with the ongoing story of Enbridge’s harms to Minnesota during Line 3 construction, demonstrated just how dangerous it is for our state and federal authorities to deal with an industry committed to its own profit at the expense of… Read more »