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Lawmakers eyeing state’s environmental regulatory process for changes

Depending on whom you ask, the measures would either launch a coordinated attack on Minnesota’s bedrock environmental protections — or improve an unwieldy, job-killing system. Continue reading

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Gov. Dayton vetoes bill diminishing PUC oversight

Dayton indicated he could veto bills perceived as weakening the authority of the state Public Utilities Commission — a group appointed by the governor that regulates the state’s electricity, gas and telephone companies. Continue reading

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St. Peter residents discuss solar energy subscriptions

St. Peter residents could have the option to purchase a subscription for solar panels within a solar array currently under construction near Owatonna Continue reading

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84% of Minnesotans support renewable energy funding

Data from the newly updated Yale Climate Opinion Maps shows more than 8 of 10 Minnesotans (84%) support funding for renewable energy research. Continue reading

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Amid Calls from Scientists, Health Professionals and Women Nationwide, SC Johnson Announces it will Eliminate Harmful Fragrance Chemical Galaxolide

SC Johnson (Glade®, Windex®, Pledge®) confirmed last week that it is transitioning away from the toxic fragrance chemical, Galaxolide Continue reading

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Torkelson, Dayton at odds over buffer strip changes

Torkelson spearheaded changes to the law last year, and has submitted several bills to tweak the law once more during this session. Continue reading

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Minnesota utility’s long-term plan calls for more renewables, less coal

The utility — which serves customers in western Minnesota and the Dakotas — will generate more than 30 percent of its energy needs from renewables by 2031 under the plan. Continue reading

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Minnesota worries about what’s in the water

As of December 2016, the agency had checked about 80 percent of the state’s water and found 4,607 instances where water quality standards were not being met Continue reading

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Youth activists score big climate victory in small Minnesota town

The resolution calls for three things to happen — the creation of a climate action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to begin the aforementioned plan within three months of the resolution’s passage Continue reading

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Report: Too soon to gauge impact of Clean Water Fund spending

A fund created to protect Minnesota’s lakes and rivers appears to have been spent appropriately, but it’s difficult to measure whether it’s been successful. Continue reading

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