U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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    July 7, 2014

    Arsenic in Minnesota's water: How worried should we be?

    Just a week ago, we shared a report from the Center for Public Integrity showing that Minnesota has a serious problem involving arsenic in its groundwater, with many areas reporting levels much higher than the EPA's limit of 10 parts per billion. If you look at the map accompanying the center's rep ... More >>

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    June 30, 2014

    New report finds dangerous levels of arsenic across Minnesota wells

    Minnesotans are at greater risk of consuming dangerous levels of arsenic in their food and water than most of the country, according to weekend report released by the Center for Public Integrity.   Whether there's such a thing as a safe level of arsenic is debatable, though even small am ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    Weekend brew round-up: Lake Superior taproom and Boom Island tastings

    It's time to break down those Art-A-Whirl stages and get back to brewing and serving beer in Twin Cities (and Greater Minnesota) taprooms. This weekend brings tasting events from various brewers around the metro. Boom Island will be at Richfield Liquors on Lyndale on Friday and at Hanover Liquor a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    MN brewers win 6 medals at World Beer Cup

    Minnesota brewers had a good showing at last weekend's World Beer Cup in Denver, as five local breweries won a combined six awards for various styles of beer, proving once again that our hopping brew scene is a matter of quality over quantity. See also: Beer of the Week: Northbound Smokehouse's do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Summit Brewery, Smashburger join forces for craft beer and burger pairings [VIDEO]

    Denver-based burger chain Smashburger is doing something a little different when it comes to serving beers in its fast-casual string of restaurants. The folks behind Smashburger have started introducing burgers with beer pairing options, using local craft beers in six of their operating markets arou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    Holiday tipples are tops this Week in Food

    It's a boozy Week in Food, as we've found firkin tappings, wine tastings, and cordial samplings take up many of the events this first week of December. Remember to layer all these drinks with some Christmas cookies... 12/4 Celiac suffers don't have to forgo the deliciousness that is Pizza Luce than ... More >>

  • News

    September 19, 2012

    The Fracking Fiasco

    America's latest gold rush portends the greatest environmental disaster of a generation

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    September 6, 2012

    Summit Backyard Bash is Saturday

    Last year Summit Brewing Company celebrated 25 years of beer with a blowout in the brewery's backyard. This year they turn 26. Seems like a good excuse to throw another party. And party is just what the folks at Summit plan to do. This year's Summit Backyard Bash happens Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Watch your heads, Minnesota boaters: Asian carp have arrived

    ​Batten down the hatches -- Asian carp have arrived in Minnesota. A silver carp and a bighead carp were caught in the Mississippi River March 1 near Winona, the furthest point upstream the fish have been seen thus far.Recent reports make the invasive fish sound like villainous creatures from a sci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Drinking and learning on tap this week in food

    Learning and drinking: two things we're not opposed to, especially when done together. If you feel the same way then this is your week. We've got classes, beer dinners, classes on making beer, and even an afternoon dedicated to healthy eating. Dive in.

  • Arts

    September 14, 2011

    Pro Rata, Workhaus explore effects of terrorism

    A review of Cat's Paw and A Short Play About 9/11

  • 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

    June 21, 2011

    Xcel Energy, EPA win Supreme Court battle on climate change laws

    WikipediaXcel Energy and other utilities sided with the EPA in court and won.​In news that initially sounds like a contradiction in terms, the Environmental Protection Agency and five major utility companies including Minnesota-based Xcel Energy, have scored a win together in the U.S. Supreme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    American Lung Association: Ramsey County's air gets a "D"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    Forecast in St. Paul: Radioactive rain

    TopatoMaybe Blinky makes a guest appearance in the Mississippi this summer?​Officials at the Environmental Protection Agency say it's raining radiation in St. Paul as a result of the damaged nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan. The readings show elevated levels of radioactive iodine-131 i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Ron Johnson isn't buying all the global warming hype

    Ron JohnsonIt's going to take a lot more than the scientific community to fool this senate candidate.​These days, pretty much every mainstream scientist out there recognizes the existence of global warming. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, for example, cites multiple studies all in ag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2010

    Om: happy hour of the week

    ​Om 401 North 1st Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.1510, website Hours and Details: Daily, 4:30-6:30 p.m.: $2 house red and white wine, rail drinks, and Summit EPA, IPA, and Seasonal. Monday-Thursday, 9-11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 9 p.m.-12 a.m.: $5 house wine, rail drinks and Summit, EPA, IPA ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2010

    Summit takes home the gold at World Beer Cup

    ​They call it the Olympics of Beer--the biggest commercial beer contest in the world. The biannual Brewer's Association World Beer Cup, held last week in Boulder, featured 3,308 entries and was judged by 179 experts from 26 countries.St. Paul's Summit Brewing Company took first place in the Classi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2009

    Bottled water is b.s.

    Wait a second--coffers are empty and the state is spending how much on bottled water?

  • News

    March 11, 2009

    Seward residents: Xcel's smelly poles stinking up Minneapolis

    Hundreds of new penta-treated utility poles planned for the metro

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2009

    Politics made easy: Photobooth picture supports EPA standards

    When we came across photo collection of random people holding car keys, we decided to figure out what these odd balls were up to.

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2008

    Breakfast of Champions 7/1: The Digital Age

    July 1 isn't just the midpoint of the year, it's Debbie Harry's birthday. In case you want to feel more like an aging hipster than usual, she's 63 t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2008

    The Alf Defense: Don't open the e-mail, and it never happened

    Asked by the Supreme Court to take a stance on whether greenhouse gases represent a danger to health or the environment, the EPA presents its findings via e-mail -- an e-mail the ... More >>

  • 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

    May 2, 2008

    That south Minneapolis dirt

    After years of testing south Minneapolis soil for arsenic contamination, now the Minnes ... More >>

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    October 10, 2007
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    July 4, 2007

    Sucked Dry

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

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2007

    Just Don't Inhale

    In 2004, according to U.S. PIRG's review of the Environmental Protection Agency's Toxic Release Inventory data, CHS Oil Seed Processing released a total of 520,000 pounds of respiratory toxicants at its Mankato plant.

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2007

    1/3 Morning Communiqué

    East Coast fish filled with mercury, Ritz-Carltons now offering dog massages, Canadian CEOs have already made a mint in 2007 ... 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?

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2006

    2/6: Morning Communique

    Cookie Monster singing, forced labor at a Utah church, Chewbacca's blog, make your own Man-O-Lantern, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2006


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    Not every executive has the opportunity to write a letter to the Star Tribune touting her job performance. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2005

    Pawlenty's Suburban myth

    Pawlenty said the soaring gas prices and dependency on fossil fuels forced him to make the switch to an SUV th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2005

    9/22: Morning Communique

    Hundreds of tons of British food aid shipped to America for starving Hurricane Katrina survivors is to be burned. Red tape is stopping it from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2005

    9/16: Morning Communique

    Legislation that would allow the Environmental Protection Agency to temporarily suspend or relax its rules because of Hurricane Katrina is being prepared by the Republican chairman of the Senate Environ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2005

    Fox Henhouse = the Bush EPA

    Last week, President Bush nominated attorney Granta Nakayama to head the enforcement division of the Environmental Protection Agency. It was hardly a shock to learn that Nakayama's legal practice included defending companies accused of violating state and federal environmental law. But for some l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2005

    Don't drink the water. Don't even swim in it.

    Ewww Coli closes city beach E. Coli has spiked at the Lake Calhoun beach at 32nd Street, reaching a level of 855 on Monday. The EPA thinks any reading over 235 is nasty, so this seems a particularly proud accomplishment. All this info comes from the Minneapolis Park and Rec board web site, and it ap ... More >>

  • News

    February 4, 2004

    Cut the Crap

    Sewage sludge: Fertilizer or public menace?

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    October 2, 2002
  • Books

    November 4, 1998

    Let Them Eat Sludge Cake

    A new plan for disposing of metro-area sewage has critics crying foul

  • Feature

    September 1, 1998

    A Terrifying New Math:

    Kids + pesticides = 700% more leukemia

  • 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

    July 9, 1997

    The Hot Zone

    Global warming isn't just a theory anymore. Now the arguments are about how dire the changes in world climate will be, how soon they'll come--and what, if anything, can be done to moderate them.

  • News

    January 22, 1997
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    December 11, 1996

    Trash Talk


  • Art

    September 18, 1996
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    July 31, 1996
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    July 3, 1996
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    February 14, 1996

    Strawberry Fields Forever

    Clinton's Love Affair with a Deadly Gas

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