About the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA)

Since 1974, the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy has been protecting our water, air, land and people.

MCEA works with government agencies, the Legislature, and the courts to set sound environmental policy, to ensure good laws are enacted, and to enforce the law when needed. We are committed to working across all sectors – private and public, profit and nonprofit, political and academic – to form the partnerships needed to succeed. Real environmental issues are complex and real environmental progress takes time. MCEA is in it for the long haul.

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  • Disappointing new ozone standard Posted 1 hour ago
    Last week, the Obama Administration finally lowered the ground-level ozone air quality standard from 75 ppm to 70 ppm. This was disappointing because the EPA's own science advisory council had recommended a standard in the 60 to 70 ppm range eight years ago, and the science since then all ...
  • Carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), new source performance standards (NSPS), and the Clean Power Plan (CPP) Posted 21 hours ago
    [WONK ALERT] The focus recently has been on the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan, which regulates greenhouse gas emissions from existing electric power generation units, and which will soon be the subject of a blizzard of litigation. So far, the central argument from the challengers has focused on a drafting glitch ...
  • Copper and metals markets collapsing Posted 1 days ago
    Good summary in Business Week. Glencore, whose shares are down 71% this year and against whom traders are demanding upfront payments because of fear of default, is, of course, the primary backer of the PolyMet project. 

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  • Background to Star Tribune article: "PolyMet mine water could flow northward, toward BWCA" Posted last month
    On September 2, 2015, the Star Tribune published an article, "PolyMet mine water could flow northward, toward BWCA," detailing Polymet's questionable water model and the potential for impact on the BWCA. Interested in learning more about the background to the story? Check out the following: Letter to NorthMet EIS Co-lead ...
  • Great Lakes Coalition Comments on Waukesha Diversion Application Posted last month
    MCEA joined over 50 conservation and environmental groups from the Great Lakes states and Canada in urging protection of Great Lakes waters from unnecessary diversion, in the first test of the 2008 Great Lakes - St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact. MCEA has a long history of supporting ...
  • Governor Dayton restores advisory MPCA citizens board by executive order Posted 2 months ago
    At the Minnesota Environmental Partnership's annual meeting on Tuesday, August 4, Governor Dayton announced that he had signed an executive order to create a new advisory citizens board for the MPCA. The Minnesota Legislature's agriculture and environment omnibus bill abolished the 50-year-old citizens board last session. Governor Dayton reluctantly ...

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