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John Linc Stine named director of Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

John Linc Stine replaces Paul Aasen who resigned to be the new Minneapolis city coordinator.

The new commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is John Linc Stine, who had been named acting commissioner last week after Commissioner Paul Aasen announced he was resigning to become Minneapolis city coordinator.

Gov. Mark Dayton announced Stine’s permanent appointment today, saying:

“Mr. Stine comes highly recommended by Commissioner Aasen. He has dedicated his entire career to public service in Minnesota state agencies, and I am confident Commissioner Stine will be an excellent commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, as was Commissioner Aasen.”

Stine had previously been deputy commissioner at the PCA, where he worked to improve the environmental review and permit process, and helped oversee department budget, personnel and enforcement. Stine, who’s also worked for the state Department of Health and the Department of Natural Resources, has almost 30 years of experience in soil conservation, hydrology and environmental program implementation, the governor’s office said.