The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has agreed to review concerns about its permit for the Enbridge Line 3 project after four groups and 16 individuals petitioned the agency for a “contested case hearing.”
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s decision speaks to the difficulty of grappling with complex regulation amid an unprecedented situation, but it also raises a larger question: How do government agencies balance legal deadlines and meaningful public input when the state is on lockdown?
The latest impaired waters list completes a 10-year research effort to collect data on Minnesota’s 80 watersheds.
District Court Judge John Guthmann has ordered the whistleblower and a host of others to appear at a hearing on Monday to sort out the recent volley of allegations between the MPCA and Northern Metals.
As PolyMet marches toward construction, new questions have emerged about a critical state water permit issued by the MPCA.
Dayton said the whole point of the order, at least “in spirit,” is to undo an action from the Legislature last session to abolish the nearly 50-year-old Citizens Board of the MPCA.
Lawmakers’ action will make it easier for industrial agriculture, mines, pipelines and other extractive and polluting activities to be approved with little or no citizen participation.
A new permit would require Minntac to cut back on its sulfate emissions, but the MPCA recently decided to allow Minntac to continue operating under its expired permit for now.
The new regulations set aggressive carbon-emissions reduction targets for Minnesota — that is, if they are even legal.
Some legislators don’t just want to tweak some of the MPCA’s more controversial regulations. They want to change the agency’s ability to set regulations in the first place.
A team of international experts found plenty to like, and plenty to criticize, in their examination of MPCA’s research.
“We found there really is no threshold at which sulfide becomes toxic,” said researcher John Pastor. “As soon as you add any, you get a decline in growth rate.”
State agency staff with oversight responsibility have prematurely declared mine projects to be environmentally safe before seeing proof.
GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — GreenStep Cities coordinator Philipp Muessig and advocates show cities the way.
State officials say the Bushmills Ethanol plant in Atwater, Minn., has been fined $800,000 for discharging waste water illegally and then lying about it.