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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  • Worldwide movement toward carbon pricing Posted 3 days ago
    Interesting article in the New York Times on World Bank and IMF efforts to get countries to adopt carbon taxes or cap-and-trade programs. MCEA hopes that the recent administrative law judge recommendation that Minnesota adopt the federal "social cost of carbon" is a first step here. And, as many of you know, ...
  • Flint is hardly alone Posted 3 days ago
    Good, kind of wonky article about drinking water infrastructure, focusing on technology and financing: "Our drinking water systems are a disaster. What can we do?" 
  • Criminal charges coming out of the Flint water crisis Posted last week
    Reports are coming in that three of the state and local officials responsible for drinking water problems in Flint are going to be subjected to criminal charges. My understanding is that adding corrosion inhibitors to drinking water supplies is pretty routine when lead pipes are involved. If the reason ...

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  • Background to Star Tribune article: "PolyMet mine water could flow northward, toward BWCA" Posted 8 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 8 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 9 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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