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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  • The social cost of air pollution Posted 5 days ago
    Last Friday's Washington Post highlighted a new study on the "social costs" of air pollution caused by energy production in the U.S. The abstract of the article in the March 2016 issue of the journal Energy Policy can be found here. The report shows that the costs remain astronomically high, but also that they ...
  • The Trouble with Iowa Posted 5 days ago
    Spot-on cover article in the February Harper's, largely focusing on agribusiness's dominance of Iowa politics and the resulting environmental calamity with Iowa's water. The water quality problems we see in southern and western Minnesota exist statewide in Iowa, but Iowa's political system has, to date, shown no interest in solving them. The ...
  • Another Clean Air Act tool for greenhouse gas emissions Posted 5 days ago
    A group of law professors published a paper last month arguing for application of section 115 of the Clean Air Act to build on the progress made by the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan. This provision allows the EPA to set emissions limits for states that go beyond the ...

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  • Background to Star Tribune article: "PolyMet mine water could flow northward, toward BWCA" Posted 5 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 5 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 6 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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