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Passenger rail on a roll in Minnesota?

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Good news has been rolling in for public transportation over the past month in Minnesota. Yesterday, the Blue Line advisory committee and Governor Tim Walz reaffirmed their commitment to constructing the Bottineau light rail extension project, which would connect downtown and north Minneapolis with the northwestern Twin Cities suburbs. On the… Read more »

PCA demands EPA establish mercury standard

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership On Monday, September 28, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and its counterpart in Michigan filed a legal petition calling for the Environmental Protection Agency to finally establish a standard for mercury emissions in taconite processing. This standard would set limits on mercury air pollution from taconite iron ore processing… Read more »

Climate crisis: here. Time for action: immediately.

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership The Walz Administration declared the past week Climate Week in Minnesota, raising awareness of this paramount issue and showcasing the state’s efforts to advance a climate-friendly agenda. But if the past several weeks are any indication, every week is Climate Week: climate change is in the public awareness like never… Read more »

Early voting has begun in Minnesota!

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Yesterday, September 18 marked the official start of voting in the 2020 General Election in Minnesota. “Election Day” as we’ve traditionally known it will be on November 3rd, but the COVID-19 pandemic and helpful expansions of early voting by mail and in-person mean that Minnesota’s results may not be fully… Read more »

Study shows cause and effect on mercury in the Saint Louis River

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership The Minnesota Environmental Partnership recently commissioned an eye-opening report on one of the greatest ongoing environmental hazards in Northern Minnesota – the mercury contamination of the Saint Louis River estuary, which empties into Lake Superior at Duluth. The report, put together by contractors at Trains, Planes & Automobiles LLC, details… Read more »

Great Lakes platform calls for Presidential action on our greatest water resource

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership A few weeks ago, the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition (HOW) published its 2020 Great Lakes Platform, a list of policy priorities that it asks Presidential candidates and other office-seekers to support. This was followed by HOW’s Director, Laura Rubin, penning an August 28 letter (fourth one on the page) to the New… Read more »

Climate impacts are disparate – solutions must be equitable

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership As if 2020 didn’t feature enough human health threats already, it is becoming even more starkly obvious this year that climate-worsened disasters – wildfires in the West and a devastating hurricane season on the Gulf Coast – will continue to wreak havoc on a massive scale. Like most disasters, these… Read more »

Commission recommends Environmental Trust Fund projects for 2021

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Last week, Minnesota’s Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota resources (LCCMR) came to an agreement on recommending projects to be funded in 2021 by the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF.) This list of $70 million worth of science, restoration, and conservation projects will be submitted to the Legislature for approval early next… Read more »

Line 3 appeal hangs in the balance, Governor’s decision will be critical

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership This Wednesday marks the deadline for the Minnesota Commerce Department to choose whether to renew a critical challenge to the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline expansion project. Two years ago, it filed an appeal against the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) decision to approve the pipeline, on the grounds that Enbridge had… Read more »

Widespread lead poisoning crisis persists, despite established science on solutions

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Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership One of the most harmful health problems in the United States today, as it has been for decades, is lead poisoning. It’s one of the largest environmental sources of developmental problems in children, and has inflicted massive human and financial costs on communities across the country. Millions of American homes… Read more »