EH? PLUS Northshore mercury roundup
Residents of Silver Bay and Babbitt are invited to turn in their old mercury-laden products and old electronics free of charge during two events sponsored by Cliffs Natural Resources Northshore Mini... Posted on 6/11/13 at 12:00 AM
STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Legislative notebook: House, Senate look to the sun for power
By Don Davis and Danielle Killey
Minnesotans could sell solar power to electric utilities under a bill the House passed 70-63 late Tuesday.
They pay someone who has solar on their house just what the ... Posted on 5/8/13 at 8:29 AM
Critics of silica sand mining had hoped the Minnesota Legislature would adopt aggressive statewide rules to protect people and the environment. What finally emerged from the just-completed session, however, was a compromise that still leaves key decisions up to local governments.
Opponents initially pinned their hopes on a statewide moratorium. In the end, they settled for a requirement that the state issue permits for new mines located within a mile of trout streams after studying the impacts on water quality.
University of Minnesota researchers will travel to the Iron Range to share their findings of a lengthy study into possible links between asbestos exposure in taconite mines and a rare cancer that has taken the lives of 82 miners in recent years.
The rush to mine frac sand in Wisconsin and Minnesota has slowed. The silica sand is still needed to pull natural gas from the earth through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which is happening in other states. But demand for the sand isn't growing as fast as it was a couple of years ago. Despite the trend, several Minnesota companies are still eager to mine it.
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