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Line 3 fight returns to Legislature, continues in appeals

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By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership Last month, Governor Tim Walz announced that his administration would allow the Department of Commerce to continue an appeal – begun under the Dayton Administration – of the Public Utilities Commission’s (PUC) decision to grant a Certificate of Need for the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline. This week, the Minnesota Senate passed… Read more »

Legislature considers restoring citizen oversight tool in the MPCA Citizens’ Board

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By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership In the last evening hours of the legislative session in 2015, Minnesota citizens lost their voice. The Citizens’ Board was established in 1967 alongside the creation of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and for 48 years existed as an avenue for 8 citizens appointed by the Governor and approved… Read more »

Time for Action on Nitrate Pollution in our Groundwater

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Image credit: MPCA By Bobby King, Policy and Organizing Program Director, Land Stewardship Project The Minnesota Environmental Quality Board (EQB) is holding a public meeting in Red Wing at the St. James Hotel on Monday, March 25, at 5 p.m., to discuss the value of a Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) on nitrate pollution in the karst… Read more »

Climate Action rising around the world, in Minnesota

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By Matt Doll and Sara Wolff – Minnesota Environmental Partnership Anna Grace Hottinger addresses the rally at Clean Energy & Climate Action Day, along with Tiger Worku (left) and MEP’s Steve Morse (right) (Photo credit: Climate Generation) As the consequences of climate change grow increasingly apparent in our communities, the issue has inspired an unprecedented level of… Read more »

Bipartisan bills fix Environmental Trust Fund raid, restore voter trust

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By Matt Doll – Minnesota Environmental Partnership On Tuesday, Governor Walz signed legislation, passed with bipartisan support at the Capitol, to responsibly fund a series projects, including  water and waste infrastructure, and entirely fix the raid on the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. This agreement worked out by both Houses of the Legislature and the… Read more »

Walz Administration vows action on clean energy, Minnesotans to rally on climate action March 13

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By Matt Doll – Minnesota Environmental Partnership On Monday, Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced a new plan to put Minnesota on the path to 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050. Joined by legislators, state agencies leaders and advocates, including Executive Director Michael Noble of MEP member Fresh Energy, they declared their commitment to… Read more »

Minnesota House moving forward on win-win farming solutions

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By Matt Doll – Minnesota Environmental Partnership This week, two committees in the Minnesota House of Representatives heard bills that would bolster two important programs to boost clean water, soil health, and Minnesota’s farming economy. These two programs, the Forever Green Initiative and the Working Lands Drinking Water Protection Program, are major components to a broad… Read more »

Walz decision on Line 3 feeds hope for stronger review of pipeline

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By Matt Doll – Minnesota Environmental Partnership On Tuesday, Governor Tim Walz announced that he would allow the Department of Commerce’s appeal against the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approval of Line 3 to continue moving forward. Walz had previously said that he and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan would consider whether to continue the appeal of the pipeline decision, launched… Read more »

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