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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  • Bicycles and electrons Posted 2 days ago
    Gernot Wagner has a nice piece in the current Ensia from the U of M's Institute on the Environment. He analogizes the current electricity system, set up for fossil fuels, and the current transportation system, set up for gasoline-powered cars and trucks. Bicycles are an alternative, renewable energy is an alternative, ...
  • Climate change and the collective-action problem Posted 3 days ago
    If global warming poses such a threat, then why aren't we doing anywhere enough to fix it?  Answering that question has generally come down to some version of the collective action or "free rider" problem--that, even though it is clearly in our collective interest to do something, it is ...
  • New ground-level ozone standard Posted 3 days ago
    Today the EPA announced that it was tightening the ground-level ozone standard from 75 ppm, the standard set in 2008, to 70 ppm. This is the same standard that the Obama Administration pulled back prior to the 2012 election, and that has been the subject of litigation the past ...

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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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