News Release | Environment Minnesota

Local Coalition Stands with Rep. McCollum Against Unprecedented Clean Air Rollbacks

As the U.S. House prepares two more attacks on federal clean air safeguards on Monday, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-St. Paul) joined Environment Minnesota and the American Lung Association at Children’s Hospital to condemn U.S. House-passed legislation to indefinitely delay the cleanup of dangerous smog, soot, mercury, and other toxic pollutants from power plants nationwide.

News Release | Environment Minnesota

Environment Minnesota announces short-film contest winners -- includes some of the best filmmakers in the business

Today Environment Minnesota announced the winners of the “Putting the Sun to Work for Minnesota” short-film contest. Over twenty filmmakers submitted films and more than 15,000 people have watched the films already. Suspense-thriller, cartoon humor and tales of traveling into the future secured the winning prizes this year.

News Release | Environment Minnesota

Obama Administration Decision on Smog Standards Puts Thousands of Lives at Risk

Today, the Obama administration announced that it will not update critical air quality standards for ozone pollution—commonly known as smog.  This decision was made despite a unanimous recommendation by the independent board of air experts and scientists created under the Clean Air Act that the current standard be strengthened to protect public health.  Exposure to smog triggers asthma attacks, causes permanent lung damage and can even lead to premature death.  In fact, according the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 5,000 asthma-related deaths occur each year in the United States.  In Minnesota 182,485 and  60,700 children suffer from asthma, according to the American Lung Association.

News Release | Environment Minnesota

Environment Minnesota releases plan to transition Minnesota off of oil

A comprehensive strategy to get off oil can reduce oil dependence in Minnesota by 1.13 billion gallons. In Minnesota alone, these savings would equal two and half times the amount that could be created by expanding dangerous deepwater drilling in the Atlantic and Pacific, according to a new report released today by Environment Minnesota.
 

News Release | Environment Minnesota

Minnesota’s Beach Closings Decrease

As Minnesotans flock to the beach this summer, pollution from stormwater runoff and sewage overflows continue to impact the coast of Lake Superior.

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