Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2014

    Will Mining Save or Destroy Northern Minnesota?

    As he leaves a small cafe in Ely, Gerald Tyler approaches two middle-aged women and whispers a joke. They smile politely. He walks gingerly, a leftover cost from his years in the military. In a patterned sweater that appears to have 30 years of mileage on it, he appears more the goofy grandfather t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Why the Twin Cities' air quality is worst it's been all year

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    Cocaine, antidepressants found in roughly one-third of Minnesota lakes, study finds

    The ice just now receding from Minnesota's lakes looks like it's on drugs. So maybe it shouldn't come as a surprise to learn that our lakes are, in fact, full of them.SEE ALSO: Minnesota House members vote to drug test themselves A study put together by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (read i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Twin Cities air pollution health advisory issued

    The pollution warning expires at midnight.​It seems we'll never run into a shortage of reasons to complain about the weather here in Minnesota. Just a few months ago, we were still whining about a cold and snowy winter that had long overstayed its welcome. Today, it's so damn hot and sunny ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    Food "rescued" from grocery stores helps stock food shelves

    Second Harvest HeartlandGrocers give food to the hungry that would otherwise go to waste. ​MPR's series on hunger in Minnesota recently looked into food waste and reported that the state throws away nearly 715 million pounds of food every year. Wow. Considering the average person eats about fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    Minnesota streams are full of drugs

    xjasonrojersxWhat's that floating in the water?‚ÄčThe land of 10,000 lakes has some seriously nasty stuff in its rivers and streams, according to a new study by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The biggest chemical culprits: antibiotics and attention-deficit medication, as well as antidepres ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    Longfellow Grill, Sea Change host patio parties: The Week in Food

    ‚ÄčIt's patio season--enjoy the outdoors, throw back a few brews, and dream about Bentleys, making (and feeding) babies, singing soul, and saving pennies. Welcome to your week in food. Monday 6/7 Sit back. Relax. Stay awhile. Sea Change and Gastro Non Grata invite you to chill out with their Mond ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    Hennepin County keeps up effort to burn more trash near Target Field

    County and state officials met to figure out how best to proceed with environmental impact studies.

  • 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.

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2007
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    September 5, 2007

    A Kinder, Gentler Smokestack

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

  • News

    August 8, 2007

    Falling Down

    The I-35W Bridge Collapse Exposes Dangerous Deficiencies in the Nation's Transportation Infrastructure.

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2007

    Murky Waters

    Will the 35W bridge collapse have serious environmental ramifications? With bodies presumably still in the water, it may seem a rather churlish question to pose. But the massive heap of concrete, steel, vehicles, and lord knows what else would seem to be a poor development for the well-being of the ... More >>

  • News

    July 12, 2006

    Browner Pastures

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

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2006

    The ethanol conundrum

    For Minnesota politicians, ethanol is the classic no-brainer issue. You are either pro-ethanol or don't want to get re-elected. For Minnesota environmentalists, it is a more complicated matter. While everyone with any green in their blood agrees on the need to develop alternative fuels, ethanol rema ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2006

    Instant follow-up: 3M's bluegill problem

    My story in today's City Pages about former Minnesota Pollution Control Agency researcher Fardin Oliaei merits a quick footnote. As the piece relates, Oliaei's 16-year employment at the MPCA came to an end last month--an outcome the scientist attributes to institutional opposition to her effort to f ... More >>

  • 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

    February 8, 2006

    Waiting to Exhale

    The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency sees blue skies ahead. Or is that hot air?

  • News

    February 1, 2006

    Big Cow Factory on the Prairie

    In Swift County, residents cry foul over a mega dairy and the state agency that can't say no

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2006


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  • News

    September 7, 2005

    A Bluff on the River

    Is the Minneapolis Park Board considering selling a prime parcel on the Mississippi?

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2005
  • News

    February 9, 2005

    Don't Hold Your Breath

    Who's responsible for bad air? Everyone and no one.

  • News

    August 25, 2004

    The Spreading Stain

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

  • 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

    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

    Crumblin' Down

    Andersen Library offers lessons for a new U stadium

  • News

    July 2, 2003

    Land of the Turd Brown Waters

    Pawlenty talks green, but will he pay the tab?

  • News

    February 5, 2003
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    February 6, 2002

    Playing With Fireproofing

    The Lakeland city beach is beautiful, secluded, and contaminated with asbestos

  • Books

    January 16, 2002

    Down on the Riverside

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

  • News

    May 16, 2001
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    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

    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

    March 15, 2000

    Cyanide Pact

    The Minneapolis river terminal agrees to clean up its poison salt piles

  • Books

    February 16, 2000

    Iron John

    A court ruling sets up the latest cliffhanger in the municipal soap opera starring scrapper John Isaacs

  • Books

    September 29, 1999

    Trailer Hitches

    Murky water, hard-nosed rules, and a whirlwind of lawsuits in a Monticello mobile-home park

  • News

    July 29, 1998

    Chemical Imbalance

    How Paul Thelander turned radios into gold, wind into spirits, and chemicals into a cocktail that might have saved the world.

  • Books

    July 29, 1998

    Hog Tide

    There's too much pork for just one fork in St. Paul's stretch of the Mississippi

  • Books

    July 1, 1998

    From Minneapolis, With Love

    Hennepin County wants to dump its incinerator ash in the metro's "environmental Bermuda triangle"

  • News

    April 29, 1998

    The Incredible Edible Egg

    A Minnesota egg producer has been issued a permit to resolve its carcass conundrum by feeding dead chickens to live ones.

  • News

    April 29, 1998

    Something Rotten

    For more than a decade, Ramsey County officials blew off Ralph Sletten's complaints about the local compost site. Then a test found Agent Orange in the water.

  • News

    May 14, 1997

    Back to Business

    The state's former ranking environmental protection officer goes to work for big industry.

  • News

    March 5, 1997

    Going After Ashland Oil

    Ginger Sanders, like a lot of Pine Bend area residents, believes her home is in the middle of a cancer cluster, but officials from industry and the state say they see no problem.

  • News

    February 17, 1997
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    July 31, 1996

    The Silence of the Frogs

    A team of scientists labors to figure out why so many frogs around the state are suddenly turning up deformed--and what

  • News

    July 3, 1996

    Clang and Blame

    City Council member Joe Biernat's trip to England heats up an old battle over a giant metal shredder slated for north Minneapolis.

  • News

    April 10, 1996
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    November 22, 1995
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