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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.

News Release | Environment Minnesota

Statement on close of public comment period for PolyMet mine plan

The public comment period closes today at 4:30 p.m. for the environmental impact study of PolyMet's proposed sulfide mine in northern Minnesota. If approved, it would be the first of its kind in the state. Companies are already exploring and test drilling across northern Minnesota for possible copper and nickel mines and have proposed mines in the Lake Superior basin, in the Superior National Forest, and near the Boundary Waters wilderness.

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Guest Blog -- Along the Blue Earth and Minnesota Rivers

I have had a first-hand view of the Minnesota River since coming to Minnesota State University, located at the bend in the river at Mankato. It was a clear river in pre-settler times and had many wetlands to mitigate flooding. Since those times, though, the area has been converted into an intensive agricultural landscape and economy. We benefit financially from the crops grown in the region, but also have the negative consequences of poor stewardship of the lands and waters.

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News Release | Environment Minnesota

Minnesota Solar Jobs Grew 73% in 2013

Minnesota has more than 850 people employed manufacturing and installing pollution-free solar energy, according to a national Solar Jobs Census released today by The Solar Foundation. According to the analysis, Minnesota ranks 31st in the nation in solar jobs.

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PolyMet mine debate has competing visions for Up North

More than 2,000 people from across the state packed the RiverCentre for the third and final public hearing on the PolyMet Mining Corporation’s proposal for a $650 million open pit mine near Babbitt, Minn.

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Green With… Algae? Guest Blog by Michael Schmidt

Have you ever seen a lake that’s green? The iconic photos of Minnesota’s lakes always show clear blue water, but in reality we aren’t so lucky. Even here, where everyone loves their local lake (or several lakes!) and rivers, we experience water quality problems. The most visible is often algae.

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