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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  • EPA weak coal ash rule Posted 11 hours ago
    As expected, the EPA came out with the weaker alternative coal ash regulation last Friday.  Prof. Dan Farber has a good analysis of the decision on the Legal Planet blog.
  • New EPA rule likely to treat coal ash as non-hazardous waste Posted 11 hours ago
    EPA is under a court order to promulgate new rules today regulating coal ash, the stuff that comes out of the scrubbers that control air pollution at power plants.  Environmental groups (including MCEA) have taken the position that new science shows that coal ash should be treated as "hazardous ...
  • New Guidelines on how to deal with greenhouse gas emissions in environmental impact statements Posted 3 days ago
    Yesterday, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued new guidelines to federal agencies, directing them to measure "reasonably foreseeable" greenhouse gas emissions resulting directly or indirectly from a project or program, and to incorporate likely climate change effects in all the other analysis contained in an EIS.  This supersedes ...

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  • MCEA Identifies Problems in Crow Wing River Cleanup & Protection Plan Posted last week
    The Crow Wing River in north-central Minnesota has many clean streams and rivers. The MPCA developed a cleanup and protection plan for the watershed, but failed to identify the sources of pollution to impaired waters, the threats to clean waters, or clear methods to prioritize action for keeping the ...
  • Press Release: Groups Ask for Environmental Review of Proposed Pipeline in Northern Minnesota Posted last week
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 12, 2014 GROUPS ASK FOR ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW OF PROPOSED PIPELINE IN NORTHERN MINNESOTA St. Paul, MN – Today, the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA) and Friends of the Headwaters (FOH) jointly file action in Ramsey County Court asking for environmental review of a proposed Enbridge pipeline across ...
  • MCEA Opposes Weakened Standards for Sauk River Chain of Lakes Posted 4 months ago
    The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency proposed to significantly weaken the existing nutrient standards for the Sauk River Chain of Lakes, which would allow much higher algae levels than the state's existing standards. The proposed algae concentrations would be the highest allowed anywhere in the state, and could result in ...

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