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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

Environment Minnesota Director's Testimony on Nuclear Rider Bill

On Thursday, March 22nd, 2018, the Minnesota Senate's Committee on Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy cancelled an important hearing on SF 3504 minutes before it was scheduled to begin. SF 3504 would create an uncapped rider on Xcel Energy customers' bills to pay for costs at the Monticello and Prairie Island nuclear plants, a potentially huge payout for Xcel shareholders. Director Tim Schaefer submitted the following testimony on behalf of Environment Minnesota and will testify at the rescheduled hearing on Tuesday, March 27th, 2018.

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Report | Environment Minnesota Research & Policy Center

Troubled Waters 2018

Over a 21-month period from January 2016 to September 2017, major industrial facilities released pollution that exceeded the levels allowed under their Clean Water Act permits more than 8,100 times. Often, these polluters faced no fines or penalties.

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News Release | Environment Minnesota

Environment Minnesota's Comments to DNR on PolyMet

Minneapolis, MN - Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources (“DNR”) is considering a permit to mine from Poly Met Mining, Inc (“PolyMet”). This permit, if approved, would put the St. Louis River and Lake Superior water basins under constant threat. Environment Minnesota believes the permit to mine fails to provide adequate protection for Minnesotans or the state’s precious water resources. Consequently, we call on the DNR to deny PolyMet’s permit to mine.

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Report | Environment Minnesota Research & Policy Center

Plugging In

The adoption of large numbers of electric vehicles (EVs) offers many benefits for cities, including cleaner air and the opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Electric vehicles are far cleaner than gasoline-powered cars, with lower greenhouse gas emissions and lower emissions of the pollutants that contribute to smog and particulate matter.

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News Release | Environment Minnesota

Environment Minnesota Responds to Draft Volkswagen Settlement Plan

Last Thursday, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (“MPCA”) released its draft Volkswagen Settlement Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (“the Draft Plan”).[1] This Draft Plan details how the MPCA will spend $47 million in settlement funds from a $15 billion settlement with auto manufacturer Volkswagen, whose vehicles were producing 30-40 times more nitrogen oxide pollution than is allowed by law.

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