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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
xjasonrojersxWhat's that floating in the water?The 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 >>
It'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 >>
County and state officials met to figure out how best to proceed with environmental impact studies.
On the Iron Range, the surging commodities market may bring prosperity. But it might also threaten one of the state's greatest natural resources.
Critics say a power plant designed to reduce carbon emissions could be a cancer-causing boondoggle
The I-35W Bridge Collapse Exposes Dangerous Deficiencies in the Nation's Transportation Infrastructure.
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 >>
Controversial MPCA Chief Sheryl Corrigan: Did she jump, or...?
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 >>
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 >>
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
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency sees blue skies ahead. Or is that hot air?
In Swift County, residents cry foul over a mega dairy and the state agency that can't say no
Is the Minneapolis Park Board considering selling a prime parcel on the Mississippi?
Who's responsible for bad air? Everyone and no one.
The long, slow fight to clean up one of northeast's largest polluted sites
The Governor's all for cleaning up Minnesota's lakes and rivers, provided it can be done for free
A judge orders the MPCA to take another look at a plan to burn 10 million tires a year
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.
Andersen Library offers lessons for a new U stadium
Pawlenty talks green, but will he pay the tab?
The Lakeland city beach is beautiful, secluded, and contaminated with asbestos
Activists want Xcel to clean up its oldest--and dirtiest--power plant
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.
Minnesota has a pollution problem. But don't hold your breath waiting for a quick fix.
The Minneapolis river terminal agrees to clean up its poison salt piles
A court ruling sets up the latest cliffhanger in the municipal soap opera starring scrapper John Isaacs
Murky water, hard-nosed rules, and a whirlwind of lawsuits in a Monticello mobile-home park
How Paul Thelander turned radios into gold, wind into spirits, and chemicals into a cocktail that might have saved the world.
There's too much pork for just one fork in St. Paul's stretch of the Mississippi
Hennepin County wants to dump its incinerator ash in the metro's "environmental Bermuda triangle"
A Minnesota egg producer has been issued a permit to resolve its carcass conundrum by feeding dead chickens to live ones.
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.
The state's former ranking environmental protection officer goes to work for big industry.
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.
A team of scientists labors to figure out why so many frogs around the state are suddenly turning up deformed--and what
City Council member Joe Biernat's trip to England heats up an old battle over a giant metal shredder slated for north Minneapolis.