Environmental Protection

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2009

    Erik Paulsen's office springs a big leak

    We're used to a lot of scandalous leaks at the Capitol, but this takes the cake for the best office response.

  • Feature

    May 7, 2008

    Buried Treasure

    On the Iron Range, the surging commodities market may bring prosperity. But it might also threaten one of the state's greatest natural resources.

  • News

    September 5, 2007

    A Kinder, Gentler Smokestack

    Critics say a power plant designed to reduce carbon emissions could be a cancer-causing boondoggle

  • News

    July 4, 2007

    Sucked Dry

    In the rush to cash in on ethanol, the Midwest might be giving away its greatest natural resource

  • News

    December 13, 2006

    Copperheads vs. Greens

    A plan to open the Superior National Forest to copper mining promises good jobs and threatens enviro troubles

  • News

    July 12, 2006

    Browner Pastures

    Controversial MPCA Chief Sheryl Corrigan: Did she jump, or...?

  • News

    March 29, 2006

    When Good Science is Bad Politics

    A troublesome family of synthetic chemicals called PFCs—many of them produced in Minnesota—is turning up in the bodies of people and animals worldwide. So why did the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency force its leading PFC researcher, Dr. F

  • News

    November 30, 2005

    Brave New Highway

    Coming soon: The microwavable road?

  • News

    August 3, 2005

    Sprawl Of The Wild

    Baxterization, beaten paths, and the great riparian land rush of northern Minnesota

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2005
  • Blogs

    July 13, 2005
  • Blogs

    June 23, 2005
  • News

    August 25, 2004

    The Spreading Stain

    The long, slow fight to clean up one of northeast's largest polluted sites

  • News

    May 26, 2004

    The Choke's on Us

    Minnesota's air quality makes it harder to breathe

  • News

    March 10, 2004

    Watered-Down Promise

    The Governor's all for cleaning up Minnesota's lakes and rivers, provided it can be done for free

  • News

    February 25, 2004

    A Brighter Shade of Green

    A judge orders the MPCA to take another look at a plan to burn 10 million tires a year

  • News

    February 4, 2004

    Cut the Crap

    Sewage sludge: Fertilizer or public menace?

  • News

    January 21, 2004

    Burn Baby Burn

    People in tiny Preston, Minnesota, have a lot of questions about a plan to burn 10 million tires a year in their town. Too bad the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency doesn't.

  • News

    December 17, 2003


    Author/Enviro Jeffrey St. Clair on the silence of the greens

  • News

    July 2, 2003

    Land of the Turd Brown Waters

    Pawlenty talks green, but will he pay the tab?

  • News

    December 11, 2002

    A November Surprise

    Bush RX for forests: Fewer rules, more logging

  • News

    October 2, 2002
  • Books

    January 16, 2002

    Down on the Riverside

    Activists want Xcel to clean up its oldest--and dirtiest--power plant

  • Books

    January 2, 2002

    Bag Lady

    Meet Susan Young, Minneapolis's trash evangelist

  • Books

    September 26, 2001

    In the Name of the Children

    Environmentalists cry foul as legislators argue that a land swap will benefit public education

  • News

    April 18, 2001

    Sunken Treasures

    The University of Minnesota calls its new underground library a triumph of design and function. Never mind the mold that feasts on pollution, a multimillion-dollar legal dispute, and those pesky health complaints.

  • Books

    March 21, 2001

    Junk Bond

    For decades Minneapolis has paid the same company to haul trash. Is it a good deal? No one has asked.

  • Books

    January 31, 2001

    A Scare in the Air

    Minnesota has a pollution problem. But don't hold your breath waiting for a quick fix.

  • Books

    January 17, 2001

    Live Wires

    Armed with new evidence linking power lines and cancer, activists appeal to the courts

  • Books

    September 13, 2000


    Did the power that lights your lava lamp begin as a pile of cow manure?