Posts Categorized: Environmental Insider

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 »

Insider: August 18, 2017

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    Sustainability at the State Fair The Minnesota State Fair is only a few days away, and many of MEP’s friends and partners are preparing to join in the festivities in Falcon Heights with exhibits on sustainability, conservation, and a lot more! Environmental groups, state agencies, and sponsors from around Minnesota will bring food,… Read more »

Insider: August 11, 2017

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   map credit: Stop Line 3 Native youth take the lead to protect Minnesota from pipeline On Saturday, August 12, a team of indigenous youth will launch canoes in Itasca State Park, at the headwaters of the Mississippi, on a journey called Paddle to Protect. They’re a group on a mission to send a message to Enbridge and the State of Minnesota. That message: Line… Read more »

Insider: August 4, 2017

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   photo credit: MPCA EPA reverses delay of air-quality rules On Wednesday, August 2, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that it was undoing a previous decision to delay implementing new smog rules that would help reduce toxic air pollutants in the atmosphere, and would instead continue work on the rule as scheduled. The smog rule, which was created by… Read more »

Insider: August 4, 2017

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   photo credit: MPCA EPA reverses delay of air-quality rules On Wednesday, August 2, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that it was undoing a previous decision to delay implementing new smog rules that would help reduce toxic air pollutants in the atmosphere, and would instead continue work on the rule as scheduled. The smog rule, which was created by… Read more »

Insider: July 28, 2017

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    PUC Decision a Boost for Health, Clean Energy On Thursday, July 27, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) took a much-needed step forward on cleaner, safer energy by updating the state’s calculations of the social cost of carbon in evaluating power use and generation. The updated amount takes more accurate accounting of the health costs of… Read more »

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 »