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January 22, 2020
Former MPCA commissioner denies objecting to EPA criticism in PolyMet case
ST. PAUL — The former commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency testified Wednesday, Jan. 22, that he did not object to federal...
January 22, 2020 - 8:42pm
January 21, 2020
Former EPA official says Minn. regulators urged agency to refrain from making written comments on PolyMet water permit
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency asked the Environmental Protection Agency not to submit written comments on PolyMet’s draft...
January 21, 2020 - 8:24pm
January 17, 2020
Investigations: Seat belt not worn in fatal mine crash
VIRGINIA, Minn. -- The driver that died when his truck struck a berm and overturned at the Minorca mine in Virginia was not wearing a seat belt...
January 17, 2020 - 7:05pm
PUC to weigh Line 3 next month
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission will consider the revised environmental review for Enbridge's proposed Line 3 oil pipeline...
January 17, 2020 - 5:31pm
January 16, 2020
PolyMet will appeal permit reversal
ST. PAUL — PolyMet, the company trying to open Minnesota's first copper-nickel mine, will ask the Minnesota Supreme Court to review Monday's...
January 16, 2020 - 3:58pm
Five gallons of hydraulic oil spill into river near Williston
BISMARCK — An estimated five gallons of hydraulic oil spilled into the Little Muddy River in Williams County, N.D. on Sunday, Jan. 12, according to a news release from the state Department of Environmental Quality. Denver-based oil producer Zavanna was pumping water from the river...
January 16, 2020 - 12:18pm
January 15, 2020
McCollum introduces bill to ban copper-nickel mining near Boundary Waters
ST. PAUL — U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-St. Paul, introduced a bill Wednesday, Jan. 15, that would permanently prevent copper-nickel mining...
January 15, 2020 - 5:03pm
January 13, 2020
Court of Appeals reverses key PolyMet permits, orders DNR to hold contested-case hearing
DULUTH -- The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday reversed key mining permits for PolyMet, the company trying to open the state's first copper-nickel...
January 13, 2020 - 3:50pm
January 8, 2020
UPDATED: Groups appeal Minntac permit reversal
DULUTH -- Parties have asked the Minnesota Supreme Court to review last month’s Minnesota Court of Appeals decision that reversed a permit...
January 8, 2020 - 7:57pm
January 3, 2020
River Falls hits another green milestone; city buildings all run on 100% renewable energy
When Mike Noreen flips a light switch, he turns on more than just electricity. A little jolt of pride comes through, too.He helped make River...
January 3, 2020 - 7:45pm
January 2, 2020
The Upper Midwest’s resilient coal industry
UNDERWOOD, N.D. — Leon Weisenburger plans to retire a coal miner. He’s bounced around the country, working in coal in the 1990s before taking...
January 2, 2020 - 4:14pm
December 27, 2019
Coal is king on North Dakota campuses, but some universities look to greener options for heat
FARGO — In the middle of North Dakota State University's campus sits a heating plant with a brick smokestack stretching to the sky. Powered...
December 27, 2019 - 7:00am
December 26, 2019
Number of electric charging stations in ND to grow thanks to Volkswagen dollars
FARGO — North Dakota has about 25 public charging stations for electric vehicles, while Minnesota has about 352, according to statistics available...
December 26, 2019 - 10:00am
December 23, 2019
Minnesota Court of Appeals orders further review of proposed Superior natural gas plant
ST. PAUL — Minnesota regulators must consider whether a proposed natural gas plant in Superior could have "significant environmental effects"...
December 23, 2019 - 6:10pm
Leading the nation in economic growth for the decade, North Dakota saw its third historic boom
FARGO — North Dakota’s average annual economic growth rate of almost 5.8% led the nation during a decade that witnessed the beginning and...
December 23, 2019 - 6:30am