Posts Categorized: Environmental Insider

Insider: July 21, 2017

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    The Costs of Cutting the Clean Water Rule EPA Director Scott Pruitt visited Minnesota this week as part of a multi-state tour to gather input from “stakeholders” on changes to be made on EPA regulation of waters throughout the United States. Pruitt has said that his agency plans to roll back the Clean Water Rule, which… Read more »

Insider: July 14, 2017

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    Protecting and Celebrating our Great Lakes Waters On Wednesday, July 10, a bipartisan group of Congressional Representatives released a bill that would fund the vital Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) with a $300 million appropriation, despite the Trump administration’s previous proposals to cut the program. If passed and included in the federal budget, this bill would… Read more »

Insider: July 7, 2017

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      photo credit: NASA Sulfide Mining Debate Continues in the Northland Less than two weeks remain until the U.S. Forest Service begins its two listening sessions on a proposed 20-year mineral withdrawal in the Superior National Forest. The first will take place on July 18 at the RiverCentre in St. Paul, and the second will be held at Virginia High… Read more »

Insider: June 30, 2017

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    Celebrating and Protecting Minnesota’s Waters Many of us in Minnesota will spend time this weekend and this Independence Day enjoying all that Minnesota’s lakes and rivers have to offer in the summertime. Those in the Twin Cities will swim in the City of Lakes, kayak the Mississippi, run through lawn sprinklers, or hike on the hundreds… Read more »

Insider: June 23, 2017

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    Summer hearings have high stakes for Minnesota waters The Legislature won’t reconvene until early next year, but the government hearings being held throughout this summer will have a tremendous impact on Minnesota’s lakes and rivers. Yesterday, June 22, the final public hearings on the draft EIS for Enbridge’s proposed Line 3 project were… Read more »

Insider: June 16, 2017

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    Minnesota water quality meetings to begin as lakes and rivers under threat In Feburary 2017, Governor Mark Dayton announced Minnesota’s 25 by 25 Water Quality Goal, a project that aims to produce a 25% improvement in the state’s waters by 2025. Organized by a group of state agencies, this initiative will solicit feedback from Minnesotans at Town Halls… Read more »

Insider: June 9, 2017

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    Pipeline Backers Feel Public Pushback On Tuesday, June 6, the Minnesota Department of Commerce held the first of a series of public comment meetings on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed Enbridge Line 3 replacement pipeline. The current Line 3 is deteriorating and pumping significantly less oil than in past years. The… Read more »

Insider: June 2, 2017

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                                    Rollbacks and Raids at State and Federal Levels On Monday, May 29, Governor Dayton announced that he is signing the Environment & Natural Resources and the Jobs & Energy budget bills. With a strong chorus of concern from many… Read more »

Insider: May 26, 2017

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New Round of Backward Bills Heads to Governor’s Desk In the early hours of Friday, May 26, leaders at the Minnesota Legislature announced that it was concluding a long and sleep-deprived special session, sending a new round of bills to Governor Mark Dayton for review. Some of these bills, while less egregious than before thanks… Read more »

Insider: May 19, 2017

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The End (of the session) Is Nigh The Minnesota Legislature concludes its final full week of the regular session this week, with House and Senate leaders seemingly still far away from coming to a budget agreement with Governor Dayton. With Monday’s deadline for bill passage approaching, it’s likely that Governor will end up calling a special session… Read more »