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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  • Copper Mining and Jobs Posted 3 days ago
    Good article on the very limited job-creating potential of the proposed copper-nickel mining projects in northeastern Minnesota.  The Duluth study that the industry (and, unfortunately, our own state and federal regulators) rely on itself makes clear that the lion's share of any future mining-related job growth will come from taconite expansion, not the new sulfide mining projects.  These projects could be "game changers," I guess, but it will be for the environment, not for jobs or the Arrowhead economy.
  • Switch to Renewable Energy is Feasible Posted 4 days ago
    Germany is doing it.  One third of their electricity came from renewables in the first half of 2014.
  • Response to Times Op-Ed on Wilderness Act Posted 5 days ago
    Eric Biber posted a response to last Sunday's editorial on the need to permit more active management of wilderness areas due to human-caused negative effects, such as those associated with climate change.  Biber contends, appropriately I think, that there is no need to amend the Wilderness Act, since it already permits more active management of wilderness areas when needed, subject to procedural protections.  He also notes the sometimes slippery slope from "active management" to "resource exploitation," which the Wilderness Act was enacted to prevent.  This will continue to be an active debate.  The most prominent local example may be ...

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  • Welcome, Cordelia Pierson! Minnesota Environmental Fund's new executive director! Posted 3 days ago
    The Minnesota Environmental Fund (MEF) is a state-wide network of 23 of Minnesota’s most respected and responsible nonprofit environmental and conservation organizations, including MCEA, working together to protect, conserve, and restore Minnesota’s environment through employee giving. Recently, MEF announced Cordelia Pierson as their new executive director! Please join us in welcoming Cordelia and read on to learn more about her role at MEF! Press Release: Minnesota Environmental Fund Announces New Executive Director, Cordelia Pierson 7/1/2014  The Minnesota Environmental Fund (MEF), the leading nonprofit that supports giving by employees to organizations that protect, conserve, and restore Minnesota’s environment, has selected Cordelia Pierson as its ...
  • Congratulations to new members of the Legislative Water Commission! Posted 4 days ago
    MCEA congratulates the newly-appointed members of the Legislative Water Commission, which was created by the 2014 Legislature. The Senate members are Senators Chuck Wiger, Carrie Ruud, Bev Scalze, Gary Dahms, Matt Schmit, and Roger Chamberlain.  The House members are:  Representatives Peter Fischer, Paul Torkelson, Clark Johnson, Matt Dean, John Persell and Rod Hamilton. All of us at MCEA look forward to working with these legislators in providing the best possible stewardship for Minnesota's waters. The Commission has a broad mandate to review water policy reports and recommendations, secure data and comments through hearings and otherwise, and make recommendations to the ...
  • EPA to Issue New Rule on Sherco Posted 2 weeks ago
    MCEA and its partners settled a lawsuit against EPA this week that could lead to big changes at Sherco 1 and 2, Xcel's large, old coal plants in Sherburne County.  There is so much pollution from the Sherco units that it is impairing visibility in Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters according to findings made by federal land managers.  MCEA's lawsuit alleged that the federal findings triggered a duty for EPA to determine the extent of the impairment and what additional pollution controls are needed at Sherco to eliminate it.  The settlement calls for EPA to issue a ...

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