STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Notebook: Schools benefit from more higher state revenue
By Don Davis
Minnesota schools will get $463 million more because state revenues are that much higher than expected.
A Wednesday report from Minnesota Management and Budget showed personal income tax ... Posted on 7/11/13 at 9:01 AM
STAFF BLOG COMPASS POINTS WITH BRAD DOKKEN Fishing line discarded improperly can be fatal to wildlife
Spend enough time on the water, and youll probably run across a bird that has become entangled in fishing line or those plastic six-pack rings.
Three or four summers ago, I witnessed an unsuccessful ... Posted on 5/18/12 at 8:18 AM
STAFF BLOG NIE ROCKS! Earth Day Activities Using the Newspaper
Every day is Earth Day for people who care about the environment. But for one day each year, people all over the world join forces to call attention to the beauty of the Earth and the ways in which w... Posted on 4/14/12 at 7:00 AM
The U.S. environmental regulator argued in court on Tuesday that its rule limiting mercury and hazardous air pollutants is "appropriate and necessary," not an improper interpretation of the federal Clean Air Act as industry groups and some states contend.
Eight Northeastern and mid-Atlantic governors on Monday petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to require "upwind" states in the Midwest and South to curb ozone-forming pollution from their power plants, which they say travels downwind and poses health risks to their citizens.
The United States will help China implement stricter emission standards for vehicles in a bid to help the world's biggest carbon emitter tackle rampant air pollution, the White House announced on Thursday.
The Bakken oil boom has brought jobs and prosperity to the Three Affiliated Tribes in northwestern North Dakota, but also a major challenge: The percentage of natural gas that’s being wasted through flaring is roughly twice the statewide average.
Environmental regulators may have underestimated by 50 percent the amount of the greenhouse gas methane emitted in the United States, according to a study published on Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The U.S. government's authority to regulate air pollution nationwide, often against the wishes of Republican-leaning states, could face new curbs when the U.S. Supreme Court takes on two high-stakes cases in coming months.
Lawrence Hurley and Valerie Volcovici
, November 25, 2013
An oilfield waste landfill that opened last June in eastern Montana is getting about half of its waste from North Dakota. “It seems to be getting larger,” said owner Ross Oakland. “North Dakota’s starting to find out about me.”
The state’s oil industry generates 75 tons of low-level radioactive waste per day and the state has few rules on how to handle it, but does say it can't be dumped here. But the waste does show up illegally in North Dakota landfills as some companies try to avoid the expense and time it takes to properly transport the waste out of state.
Before finalizing greenhouse gas regulations for existing coal-fueled power plants, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is hosting a series of “listening sessions” in places like San Francisco, New York City and Boston — and completely bypassing states like North Dakota, which gets more than three-quarters of its low-cost electricity from coal and supports an active mining community.
I arrived here on Oct. 19 and was greeted with this news: A combination of cold weather, lack of wind, coal-powered heating and farmers burning off post-harvest debris had created a perfect storm of pollution in the northeastern industrial city of Harbin, home to 10 million people.
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