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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  • Right to self-generate? Posted 3 days ago
    Interesting piece on the "right to self-generate," the idea that property owners have constitutional, common-law, and implied statutory rights to install and use solar panels free from undue interference from incumbent electric utilities and state and local governments. Incumbent utilities too often see distributed generation as an existential threat, and ...
  • Elections and climate policy Posted 4 days ago
    It is still not clear how far the new Liberal government led by new PM Trudeau will go in changing Canada's mostly egregious climate policy. But, in Alberta, traditionally the most conservative, most pro-extraction province in the country, the new NDP (New Democratic Party) government isn't wasting any time. ...
  • Climate change--What Everyone Needs to Know Posted 4 days ago
    Joe Romm from the Center for American Progress has a new book out that does an excellent job of laying out the basic case on climate in an understandable and useful format. I had the chance to hear Mr. Romm speak last Friday at the annual state environmental leaders conference ...

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  • Background to Star Tribune article: "PolyMet mine water could flow northward, toward BWCA" Posted 3 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 3 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 4 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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