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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  • Des Moines Water Works litigation Posted 5 days ago
    Good piece in New York Times (reprinted in StarTribune) on the Clean Water Act lawsuit the Des Moines Water Works filed against three upstream drainage authorities for failure to control nitrate pollution from agricultural runoff.  Agriculture is largely exempt from the federal Clean Water Act, but "point sources" between farms and drinking water ...
  • World Bank president on climate policy Posted last week
    World Bank president Jim Yong Kim forcefully called for an end to fossil fuel subsidies, imposition of a carbon tax, and investments in renewable energy infrastructure.  He sees sound climate policy being a boon to economic progress in the developing world.
  • Coal plant retirements are driving carbon emissions down Posted last week
    2015 is teed up to be the best year for carbon emissions in the US since 1994.  The reason is the quickening retirement of coal-fired electric power plants all over the country.  Getting those plants closed has, of course, been the central part of MCEA's climate effort.

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  • Minnesota Power Slated to Update Coal Plant’s Long-Overdue Pollution Permit Posted 2 weeks ago
    Over the next year, Minnesota Power must update its air pollution permit at the Taconite Harbor coal plant to meet current health-based clean air safeguards that protect communities DULUTH, Minn. -- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has agreed to a timeline for revising the long-overdue air pollution permit ...
  • Governor Dayton to Visit Worthington, Austin and Northfield to Discuss Water Quality Buffers Initiative Posted 3 weeks ago
    On Thursday, April 2 and Monday, April 6, Governor Mark Dayton will travel to Worthington, Austin, and Northfield for public meetings to discuss his proposal to establish an additional 125,000 acres of water quality buffer strips statewide. The legislation (HF1534/SF1537) would require 50-foot water quality buffer strips around Minnesota’s lakes, rivers, and streams. Members ...
  • Minnesotans for Healthy Kids: Ped and Bike Infrastructure in MN Posted 2 months ago
    In collaboration with the American Heart Association, as part of the Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition, MCEA led the data acquisition and mapping efforts highlighting the support and financial demand for investing in bike and pedestrian infrastructure improvements.  The Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition is excited to announce that we've just completed ...

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