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News Watch: May 22

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  May 22, 2017 Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Clean Energy, Conservation, Mining, Oil & Pipelines, Pollinators, Transportation, Water, Wildlife & Fish Events and Advocacy News: Check out the newly launched #KeepMNClean website for Daily Action Alerts Featured Letter Star Tribune: Letter – Pay heed to public’s concerns about the environment Agriculture & Food West Central Tribune: Southwest Minnesota’s Tru Shrimp venture builds… Read more »

Minnesota Takes Two Steps Backward on Energy Policy

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The Minnesota Environmental Partnership is proud to feature the following post as part of a series of columns as part of a Student Voices Series issues. This is part of a continuing collaboration with Macalester College’s Geography Department and its students. Contributed by Eliana Langer, Macalester student — Minnesota legislators are undoing decades of progress on renewable… Read more »

Time for Minnesotans to Get Serious About Climate

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The Minnesota Environmental Partnership is proud to feature the following post as part of a series of columns as part of a Student Voices Series issues. This is part of a continuing collaboration with Macalester College’s Geography Department and its students. Contributed by Rebecca Krasky, Macalester student – President Trump’s budget, released on March 16th, makes huge… Read more »

Letter to Senators: Protect the Environmental Quality Board

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Minnesota Environmental Partnership March 17, 2017   Dear Senators: We write to alert you to a bill, SF 1087, being heard by the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Finance Committee.  This bill is opposed by members of the Minnesota Environmental Partnership because it rolls back and weakens Minnesota’s bedrock environmental laws. We urge you to… Read more »

A fighting chance for Minnesota bees

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As Scott Pruitt takes over as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, it’s clearer than ever that our federal decision-makers won’t be stepping up to protect communities — or our food system — from pesticides anytime soon. It’s that much more important therefore for state and local leaders to do their part. Here in Minnesota,… Read more »

Opponents of Minnesota’s buffer law claim it’s an unconstitutional taking. It’s not.

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Yesterday’s joint House Environment and Natural Resources and Agriculture committee hearing on implementation of Minnesota’s buffer program included quite a number of statements from legislators and testifiers claiming that the law constitutes a taking of private land by the government without just compensation in violation of the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and Article I,… Read more »

Commissioner Stine: Protect Family Farms & Get Environmental Review Right on Factory Hog Farm

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My family and I operate a dairy farm in Goodhue County’s Zumbrota Township in southeastern Minnesota. My father bought our farm in 1942, and I have lived on this land my whole life. My wife, my sister, my brother and I milk cows and raise corn, soybeans and alfalfa. We’re proud of the life we’ve… Read more »

We stand together around shared priorities

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Minnesota’s Great Outdoors is more than just the beautiful natural spaces, clean lakes, prairie lands and forests. It’s about the health and vitality of our people and communities. The coalition members of the Minnesota Environmental Partnership believe that economic prosperity and environmental stewardship are not mutually exclusive. They go hand in hand. Our state’s growth… Read more »

Twin Metals: Victory for now, but still work to do

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Evidence has been piling up about the long-lasting risk that copper-nickel sulfide mining poses to Minnesota’s precious water and wild places. In 2014, Mount Polley’s “state of the art” sulfide mine in British Columbia burst a dam and spilled billions of gallons of polluted water into pristine lakes and rivers (https://www.earthworksaction.org/earthblog/detail/second_year_anniversary_of_mount_polley#.WGVWZbYrLSw). In 2015, the Gold… Read more »