Posts Categorized: Environmental Insider

Insider: July 14, 2018

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Professor Don Wyse demonstrates the environmental challenge of uncovered cropland in the Midwest. University of MN, MEP, and others share story of crops that help keep water clean Over 40 people from around the country went on a field tour of the University of Minnesota’s   innovative cover and perennial crops as part of the US Water… Read more »

Insider: July 7, 2018

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EPA seeks public guidance on next phase of Great Lakes restoration While the biggest recent news from the Environmental Protection Agency concerns a major change in its controversial leadership in Washington, the EPA’s activities closer to Minnesota will also bear critical effects on our state. The EPA is developing an action plan for its work… Read more »

Insider: June 30, 2018

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PUC approves Line 3 certificate of need and Enbridge’s preferred route through pristine waters On Thursday, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously to grant a certificate of need to the proposed Enbridge Line 3 replacement oil pipeline, which would deliver Canadian tar sands oil across Minnesota to Superior, Wisconsin. The Commission also chose, on… Read more »

Insider: June 23

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Minnesota businesses take feds to court to protect Boundary Waters from sulfide mining On Thursday, a group of Minnesota businesses and MEP member group Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness filed a federal lawsuit against the Department of the Interior over its reinstatement of expired mineral leases for Twin Metals. Twin Metals is proposing to use these… Read more »

Insider: June 16, 2018

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Line 3 and PolyMet: Two pivotal moments for Minnesota waters This month is shaping up to be a big one for the health of Minnesota’s water, land, and communities. Last week, the staff of the Public Utilities Commission released nonbinding recommendation that the proposed Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline be approved, and that its new… Read more »

Insider: June 9, 2018

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Legislators attempt to block Groundwater Protection, but Dayton administration vows to move forward This week, leaders in the Minnesota House and Senate formally filed their resolutions to delay Minnesota’s draft Groundwater Protection Rule after having voted to do so near the end of the 2018 Legislative Session. This unprecedented measure, if upheld by Minnesota’s court system,… Read more »

Insider: June 3, 2018

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Legislative session misses opportunities, but gives Minnesota a chance to move forward With Governor Mark Dayton’s final vetoes and bill signatures this week, the 2018 Minnesota legislative session ended with successes, losses, and missed opportunities for Minnesota’s environment. Thanks to the Governor’s veto, bad legislation like the Line 3 giveaway bill and the wild rice standard… Read more »

Insider: May 26, 2018

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With session’s end, dirty legislation dropped on Dayton’s desk After three months of debate and discussion, the Minnesota Legislature on Sunday concluded its 2018 session following the passage of several last-minute bills. Governor Mark Dayton has less than a week and a half to decide whether to sign, veto, or modify spending in the bills… Read more »

Insider: May 13, 2018

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Governor’s Veto of Wild Rice Bill Leaves Door Open for Solutions On Wednesday, Governor Mark Dayton announced his veto of HF 3280, a bill that would have taken major steps backward from protecting wild rice and clean water in Minnesota. The bill was intended to prevent the Pollution Control Agency from enforcing a rule on sulfate pollution… Read more »

Insider: May 5, 2018

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Minnesotans Demand Clean Water at the Capitol More than six hundred Minnesotans gathered on Wednesday, May 2 at the State Capitol with a critical demand for lawmakers: take action to protect Minnesota’s waters. Hundreds of attendees spoke out on their water concerns, but were united by the belief that the Legislature should work to strengthen… Read more »