Last Thursday, an hour before the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency was to formally submit a long-awaited report on air pollution to the state Legislature, Karen Studders, the MPCA's commissioner, stepped to the center of Room 10 at the State Office Building. The MPCA, Studders told an assembled committee of 22 state lawmakers, is "on the cutting edge of a paradigm shift." As part of that shift, she explained, the agency plans to adopt "a more holistic approach." They will pursue fewer lawsuits and abandon the kind of strict rulemaking that once earned the MPCA a reputation as the government's green watchdog. Instead, the agency will institute a broad range of largely voluntary programs designed to encourage average citizens and industry to... More >>>