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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  • End of Diablo Canyon Posted 3 days ago
    Very interesting report on a recent agreement to shut down the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, which sits on a seismic fault along the Pacific coast near San Luis Obispo. When I was in law school in Berkeley in the early 1980's, trying to stop this plant from being built ...
  • Economic wind at renewables' back Posted last week
    New report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) predicts that coal and gas will begin their terminal decline in less than a decade, with 60% of our power from renewables by 2040. Very soon, coal and gas plants will be the expensive back-up for cheap renewables. It's nice to have the ...
  • Supreme Court rejects red state challenge to EPA mercury and air toxics standard Posted last week
    Today the US Supreme Court declined to review a decision of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, which allowed the EPA's controversial mercury and air toxics standard (MATS) to go into effect. This rule had gotten hung up in a Court decision sending the rule back to EPA to do ...

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  • Background to Star Tribune article: "PolyMet mine water could flow northward, toward BWCA" Posted 10 months ago
    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 10 months ago
    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 11 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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