After we reported on Gov. Mark Dayton signing the nation's first triclosan ban into law (read the full backstory here), we heard from an expert who applauded the Land of 10,000 Lakes for being ahead of the curve.Dr. Colette Cozean is a California-based medical device inventor. She's also the CEO of ... More >>
Tucked into an environment bill signed into law by Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday was a measure banning triclosan, a controversial antibacterial agent found in a wide array of consumer products.Minnesota is the first state to ban triclosan, which is currently being reviewed by the Food and Drug Administ ... More >>
Today, for the first time in 2014, the Twin Cities is under an "orange" air quality alert. That means breathing the air could be unhealthy for sensitive groups.Reached this morning, Cassie McMahon, air quality research analyst for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, said that unfortunately, rela ... More >>
Over at least the next 24 hours, West St. Paul residents should refrain from drinking tap water and use bottled water instead, according to the St. Paul Regional Water Services. Residents served by the pump station at Bidwell Street and Logan Avenue (see a map of the affected area, highlighted in gr ... More >>
If the smell of fresh-cooked homemade soup isn't enough of an incentive, a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that eating canned soup increases exposure to bisphenol A or BPAs, a chemical that has raised health concerns, especially for children. Canada has decla ... More >>
Canned cranberries: They're worse than you thinkIf your Thanksgiving dinner shopping list includes Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce and Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup, you might want to give the can opener a rest and start re-thinking your menu. A new report reveals the presence of the toxi ... More >>
WikimediaThe city wants you to know what's in your kid's toys.That little phrase on the side of your kid's toys, the one that says "Made in China"? Well, most concerned parents already know that sometimes that phrase is the English translation of "Bathed in lead paint - Toxic, little kid fa ... More >>
Broken HaikuTime to clear the air.Smell something bad? The American Lung Association is out with a new study today that shows Ramsey County fell from a "C" to a "D" grade when it comes to air quality -- the worst in the state. Based on EPA data on ozone and particle pollution from 2007-2009, ... More >>
Photo: Jim CrockerMinneapolis, where your kids are safe.Sleep easy, Minneapolis parents. Your children are bedding down in one of the safest cities in the United States. Underwriters Laboratories, the outfit that bestows that little "UL" symbol on everything from light bulbs to lasers, says s ... More >>
Valentine's Day! Why not spice it up by giving your loved one a little lead poisoning too?
For his one term of service in the Minnesota House of Representatives, Ralph Kiffmeyer is remembered chiefly for a single thing: his failed effort to outlaw the sale of sex toys such as dildos and vibrators. (Oh, to live in Mississippi!) To this day, the mere mention of the name "Ralph Kiffmeyer" le ... More >>
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency sees blue skies ahead. Or is that hot air?
Who's responsible for bad air? Everyone and no one.
Minnesota's air quality makes it harder to breathe
St. Paul knew last year that the paint on this pelican at Front Park contains 342 times the amount of lead risky to children. But cleanup of this and other contaminated playground toys has yet to begin.