STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER MPCA credits 1972 law for cleaning waters
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency sings praises of the federal Clean Water Act, passed in 1972.
The MPCA reminded Minnesotans that an Ohio river fouled with contaminants and inadequately treated... Posted on 10/19/12 at 1:49 PM
Moorhead-based American Crystal Sugar Co. has paid a $24,943 penalty and taken corrective actions to reduce air pollution from emissions at its East Grand Forks facility, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says.
A lawsuit alleges the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is allowing a sewage treatment plant to pollute a chain of recreational lakes in the Alexandria area in violation of state and federal laws. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Ramsey County by the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy.
Complex rules aimed at reducing haze over Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area were approved Tuesday by the citizen's board of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The board, which oversees the agency, unanimously voted to send the rules to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for approval.
The skin creams were being sold in ethnic grocery and convenience stores in the Twin Cities. The products tested positive for mercury, which is banned under Minnesota law from all cosmetics because exposure can harm the nervous system and kidneys.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says it's achieving a 99 percent success rate in issuing environmental permits for construction of new projects and expansions of existing facilities within 150 days.
Impaired waters are defined as having excess nitrogen, phosphorus, mercury, bacteria or other pollutants, hurting their ability to support swimming or fishing, or to provide healthy habitats for fish and wildlife.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency said historical trends show the volume of materials generated by state residents and businesses tends to increase as the economy grows and to decrease when it contracts.
In the 18 months since White Bear Lake, Minn., became the first Minnesota city to forbid a common type of driveway sealant, about a dozen others have followed, as evidence mounts that chemicals from the sealants are creating a hazardous and expensive problem in storm-water ponds. The sealant industry disputes the claim.
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