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10,000 petitions delivered to protect Boundary Waters

Environment Minnesota staff delivered nearly 10,000 petition signatures to the Environmental Protection Agency urging it to reject applications for toxic sulfide mines near the Boundary Waters and Lake Superior. Read more.

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A Major Leap Forward on Solar Energy

The Minnesota legislature has passed a bill requiring a more than 30-fold increase in solar power by the end of the decade. The bill establishes a solar standard that would require investor owned utilities to provide 1.5% of the state’s power from solar energy by 2020. The bill also sets a goal of getting 10% of Minnesota’s electricity from the sun by 2030 and includes other measures that will help lay the groundwork for a very significant expansion of solar energy.

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Gina McCarthy’s Nomination for EPA Administrator Advances to Full Senate

The Senate EPW Committee today advanced Gina McCarthy’s nomination for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator to the full Senate.

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Senator Vitter Does Polluters’ Bidding in Boycotting Gina McCarthy’s Confirmation to Head EPA

Senator Vitter (R-LA) and other Republican senators on the U.S. Senate Committee for Environment and Public Works boycotted a scheduled committee vote to move Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Nominee Gina McCarthy’s confirmation to the full Senate, thus delaying her confirmation.

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Advocacy group names South Kawishiwi sixth-most endangered river in U.S.

The South Kawishiwi River near Ely, which flows through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, is sixth on American Rivers' list of America's Most Endangered Rivers of 2013.

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Minnesota's BWCA and Kawishiwi make list of most endangered rivers

The South Kawishiwi — a clean, cold river near Ely, Minn., that tumbles out of the BWCA and then back into it — is threatened by copper mining projects pending along its banks and on the doorstep of the BWCA.

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