News Watch: Jan. 23, 2013

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture and Food; Air Quality; Budget; Climate Change; Conservation; Energy; Fish and Wildlife; Forest; Fracking; Great Lakes; Invasive Species; Legislature and Administration; Mining; Pollution and Toxins; Recycling and Waste Reduction; Sustainable Development; Transportation; Water

Antibacterial-SoapAgriculture and Food
MPR: EPA confirms rootworm resistance in corn
Pioneer Press: Two Minnesota restaurateurs taking “farm to table” to the extreme

Air Quality
MPR: EPA rules target BWCA, Voyageurs haze

MPR: Dayton’s budget plan includes higher taxes, spending
(MEP mentioned)

Climate Change
Alexandria Echo Press: Letter: No consensus over global warming
Minnesota 2020: More proof climate change affects Minnesota in big ways
(Writer is with MEP member group Environment Minnesota)
MinnPost: Climate change: Right here, right now
MinnPost: Sweeping assessment paints a grim picture of Midwest’s changing climate
MPR: Climate change is the focus of hearings at Minn. Legislature
Session Daily: Tutorial focuses lawmakers on climate change and global trends

Alexandria Echo Press: Conservation applications accepted
Alexandria Echo Press: Editorial: What did people do before the green thing?

MPR: DOE cancels rule on high-efficiency furnaces
Session Daily: Energy briefed on controversial pipeline, other utilities issues

Fish and Wildlife
Duluth News Tribune: Minnesota DNR cuts Ely bear researcher’s permits

MPR: Dead birch trees tell story of drastic change on North Shore
(MEP member group Nature Conservancy mentioned)

Red Wing Republican Eagle: Letter: Water is paramount in fracking study
Winona Daily News: Letter: Extend the moratorium
Winona Daily News: Public hearing set for Wabasha frac sand truck traffic

Great Lakes
Northland News Center: Nature Matters: USCGC Alder Protects Great Lakes From Oil Spills
Water World: EPA’S 2011 Toxic Release Inventory Shows Increase in Great Lakes Basin Pollution

Invasive Species
MinnPost: Another way to curb invasive species: If we can’t beat ’em, than we can eat ’em
Pioneer Press: Emerald ash borer: St. Paul hosting informational meetings

Legislature and Administration
New Ulm Journal: 19A candidates respond to tax plan

Business North: Updated report reflects more optimism about Duluth Metals’ deposits

Pollution and Toxins
AP: EPA issues rules to cut haze over Voyageurs, BWCA
AP: Impact of DuPont’s herbicide Imprelis showing in Minn.
(MEP member group Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy mentioned)
Duluth News Tribune: Harmful chemical found in Duluth harbor, other Minnesota waters
Minnesota Daily: U research finds antibacterial ingredient in Minnesota lakes
MinnPost: Soap and cosmetic antibiotics going toxic in Minnesota waters
Morris Sun Tribune: Superior Industries pays MPCA fine, makes changes to reduce air pollutant emissions
MPR: Antibacterial agent used in soap found in Minn. waters
MPR: Triclosan pollutes Minnesota lakes, U of M study finds
Pioneer Press: University of Minnesota study: Antibacterial soap ingredient builds up in state’s waters (w/ video)

Recycling and Waste Reduction
Fairmont Sentinel: School steps up recycling effort
Open Saint Paul: How can the City of Saint Paul increase the level of recycling, both in materials and number of people recycling?
Pioneer Press: This fertilizer makes its way from toilet to table
Winona Daily News: Letter: Lip service for the recycling

Sustainable Development
Morris Sun Tribune: Construction of ‘green dorm’ off to quick start

MinnPost: Eden Prairie embraces green transportation technologies
Rochester Post Bulletin: County board hears update on Zip Rail study

Fergus Falls Journal: Cost to restore Lake Alice: $5M
New Ulm Journal: Feed lot report,Legacy Grant approved by county board
Northland’s News Center: Your Green Life: “Effects of Road Salt”
Park Rapids Enterprise: Clean water watchdogs differ on process, agree on goals
(MEP member groups Conservation Minnesota, Minnesota Waters and Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy mentioned)
Pioneer Press: Dave Orrick: Is Mille Lacs out of balance?
Session Daily: Overuse of groundwater contributing to lake level decline

2 Responses to “News Watch: Jan. 23, 2013”

  1. Jackie Fredericks

    On the Clean Energy page, there is this statement: To achieve a clean, renewable energy future for our state, Minnesota voters want to see changes. Nearly three-quarters of Minnesotans support a requirement that 10 percent of the state’s electricity come from solar power.* With more solar power, we can take the next step to a cleaner energy economy, continuing our transition away from coal and gas. Where did you get the “3/4ths of Minnesotans support” number?


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