News Release | Environment Minnesota

President Obama & EPA Protect Public Health, Announce Landmark Mercury Standard for Power Plants

Today, President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the first-ever nationwide standard for mercury and air toxics pollution from power plants. A record 907,000 Americans submitted comments on the standard, which is expected to cut toxic mercury pollution from power plants by 91 percent.

News Release | Environment Minnesota

Clean Cars Would Cut Oil Use, Save Minnesotans Nearly $6 Million on Thanksgiving Travel

As Minnesotans prepare for one of the busiest travel holidays of the year, and just days after the Obama administration proposed new fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks, a new Environment Minnesota report finds that more fuel efficient cars would make significant cuts in oil use and save Minnesotans roughly $6 million at the gas pump this Thanksgiving alone.

News Release | Environment Minnesota

New Report Shows Toxic Mercury Emissions Threaten Minnesotans

XCEL Energy’s Sherburne County power plant (Sherco) in Becker emits the most mercury pollution of any power plant in Minnesota and the 40th most in the country, according to brand new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data outlined in Environment Minnesota’s latest report, Minnesota’s Biggest Mercury Polluters. The report found that in total, power plants in Minnesota emitted 876 pounds of mercury pollution in 2010.  Environment Minnesota’s report comes as EPA is set to finalize a standard to limit mercury and other toxic air pollution from power plants this month.

News Release | Environment Minnesota

Senators Klobuchar and Franken Vote to Protect Public Health

To the disappointment of major polluters. Today the U.S. Senate defeated Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s bid to allow more soot and smog-forming pollution from power plants. Sen. Paul’s legislation would have put 193 lives at risk in Minnesota and 34,000 lives at risk across the county each year. Senators Klobuchar and Franken stood up for public health and voted against this dangerous proposal.

News Release | Environment Minnesota

Green Ideas & Ham Breakfast Forum Next Week on Sustainable Farming

Environment Minnesota’s monthly breakfast forum Green Ideas & Ham will cover sustainable farming, a timely topic this fall harvest season.

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