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Alliance Launched To Save Bees

Sixty-five chefs, restaurant owners and other culinary leaders joined us to launch the Bee Friendly Food Alliance. Through the Alliance, chefs and restaurateurs are calling attention to the importance of bees to our food supply, the dramatic die-off of bee populations, and the need to protect our pollinators. LEARN MORE.

News Release | Environment Minnesota

Congresswoman Bachmann Supports Polluters Over Health of Children

More than 59,000 Minnesota residents in and around Representative Bachmann’s district with asthma, including 213,482 children, are at increased risk of adverse health consequences if she is successful in preventing the US EPA from updating Clean Air Act standards, according to data compiled by the Natural Resources Defense Council and released by Environment Minnesota.  Representative Bachamann has received more than $96,000 from polluters, many of which have made stopping the EPA a high priority.

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News Release | Environment Minnesota

U.S. EPA Protects Public Health with Mercury and Air Toxics Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protected public health today by issuing a new standard to cut mercury and other toxic air pollutants from power plants. The EPA estimates that each year the standard, commonly referred to as the “Mercury and Air Toxics Rule,” will reduce mercury from power plants by 91 percent, prevent 12,200 trips to the hospital, and save 17,000 lives once it is implemented.

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Report | Environment Minnesota Research & Policy Center

Growing Influence

The agribusiness lobby is well known as one of the most powerful in Washington, D.C., and many states. Less well known is the fact that big agribusiness interests are among the largest roadblocks to cleaner water for the American people.
Big agribusiness corporations have invested millions of dollars in campaign contributions and lobbying to defend agricultural practices that pollute America’s rivers, lakes and ocean waters and to defeat common-sense measures to clean up our waterways.

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News Release | Environment Minnesota Research & Policy Center

Agribusiness Lobby Fights Against Clean Water

Minnesota — Big agribusiness interests are among the largest roadblocks to clean water in the United States, according to a new report by Environment Minnesota Research & Policy Center. The report, “Growing Influence: The Political Power of Agribusiness and the Fouling of America’s Waterways,” was released today.

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News Release | Environment Minnesota

New Report: Mercury from Coal continues to negatively impact Minnesotans, Legislature looking for more coal fired pollution

Sherburne County Power Plant in Becker emits 867 pounds of mercury every year—the most in Minnesota—according to the new Environment Minnesota report, Dirty Energy’s Assault on our Health: Mercury. The report found that power plants in Minnesota emitted 1,664 pounds of mercury pollution in 2009.  The report comes as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is set to propose a standard by March to limit mercury and other toxic air pollution from power plants.

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