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Environment Minnesota Director Testimony on Prohibition of Bag Bans

Earlier today, the Minnesota House Government Operations and Elections Policy Committee voted to pass HF 3606 on a 9-8 vote; it now goes to the floor of the House. Environment Minnesota is working hard to fight this bill, which would prevent cities like St. Louis Park and Minneapolis from placing reasonable restrictions on unnecessary waste like plastic bags and polystyrne cups. Environment Minnesota Director Tim Schaefer delivered the following testimony.

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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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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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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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Progress on Energy Storage Can Expedite Minnesota’s Shift to Clean Energy

According to a new white paper released today by Environment Minnesota, the rapid growth of less expensive wind and solar energy and the plummeting costs of energy storage have led to a six-fold increase in energy storage capacity (excluding pumped hydropower) over the past decade.