Posts Categorized: Environmental Insider

Insider: October 27, 2017

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    Insect Decline Demands Action Last week, a multinational team of European scientists released the disturbing results of a study of insect populations tested throughout Germany. Their data confirmed a major environmental concern, showing that flying insects – including flies, bees, and butterflies – had decreased in population by roughly 75% over the last 27 years. Though… Read more »

Insider: October 20, 2017

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    Sulfate Standard Change Would Weaken Wild Rice Protection This month, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is holding hearings on its proposed  changes to the state’s Wild Rice Sulfate Standard, which regulates the level of sulfate pollution allowed to be discharged into wild rice waters. If enacted, the amendments would shift the regulation from enforcing a uniform… Read more »

Insider: October 13, 2017

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    photo credit: MPCA EPA Repeals Clean Power Plan, but Minnesota Moves Forward This week, the Trump Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency announced the beginning of the repeal process for the Clean Power Plan, a major Obama Administration policy that aimed to cut carbon emissions from the U.S. power grid. The plan aimed for a 32%… Read more »

Insider: October 6, 2017

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  photo credit: NASA Mining Waste and a Big Dam Problem Last month, the Department of Natural Resources released draft dam permitting for PolyMet’s proposed sulfide mine in Northern Minnesota, and opened up a comment period on the permit that ends on October 16. The permit would allow PolyMet to use a 40-year-old dam, previously used to store… Read more »

Insider: September 29, 2017

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  A Greening, Electric Economy In many discussions over the future of energy in Minnesota and around the United States, the debate is often framed as a basic argument between protecting the environment and keeping jobs. Proponents of coal, oil, or gas contend that shifting too quickly away from carbon-heavy fossil fuels will mean sacrificing potential job growth in sectors like… Read more »

Insider: September 22, 2017

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  Great Lakes Commission Visits Duluth, Talks Water and Infrastructure Solutions On Tuesday and Thursday, September 19-20, the city of Duluth hosted the annual meeting of the Great Lakes Commission (GLC), an interstate compact dedicated to discussing and implementing good public policy for water, land, and economic prosperity in the Great Lakes region. Members from eight states as well as… Read more »

Insider: September 16, 2017

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    MEP Welcomes Commerce Testimony on Line 3 On Monday, September 11, the Minnesota Department of Commerce released an analysis arguing that the proposed Enbridge Line 3 replacement pipeline, which would carry Alberta tar sands oil across Northern Minnesota, was not needed by the state, based on independent analysis of oil consumption projections. The Department further testifed that the… Read more »

Insider: September 8, 2017

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    The Wild Rice Harvest Begins, Under Threat from Oil Pipelines At the end of every Minnesota summer, a centuries-old tradition continues on the waters home to the plant the Ojibwe call “manoomin”– wild rice. It’s known to many as the state grain of Minnesota, but wild rice has a much greater significance to… Read more »

Insider: September 1, 2017

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      photo credit: Freshwater Society                                    White Bear Lake Ruling May Impact Other MN Waters On Wednesday, August 30, Ramsey County District Judge Margaret Marrinan ruled that state officials had failed to exercise adequate stewardship of White… Read more »

Insider: August 25, 2017

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    MEP Calls for Better Groundwater Pollution Solution Today, August 25, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is closing the comment period for its draft Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule, which theoretically aims to protect Minnesota’s water resources from nitrate pollution as mandated under the 1989 Groundwater Protection Act. In the 28 years since the Act was… Read more »