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The MPCA encourages owners of older diesel engines to apply for a total of $270,000 in federal grant funding to improve their fleets and reduce the impact of these engines on air quality.

MPCA invites public review and comment on an environmental review document for a new electric generating facility in Shakopee.

Water quality monitoring and analysis has shown that high levels of bacteria and phosphorus are present in many water bodies within the Goose Creek watershed.
In addition to correcting identified violations, the company has agreed to pay a $70,000 penalty.
At nearly 150 acres, the Freeway Landfill is one of the state’s largest closed landfills, and was in operation from the 1960s until 1990.

Penalties from 29 cases totaled $122,590.

Fine particle pollution is elevated in parts of southwest and south central Minnesota, and is expected to remain elevated through early Wednesday morning.
Big, older diesel engines put out a lot of pollution: so much that, in terms of reducing air pollution, changing even one of them to a newer, cleaner-burning model can be equivalent to taking thousands of cars off the road.
The proposal is to restore approximately 350 acres of aquatic habitat toward a shallow, sheltered bay in the 21st Avenue West channel in northeastern St Louis Bay in Duluth.
An open house is scheduled from 5 to 6 p.m. to be followed by the draft permit presentation and time for questions and comments.
In-depth monitoring and analysis has identified high levels of bacteria and phosphorus in some bodies of water in the Valley Branch watershed, including Kelle’s Creek in Afton and Sunfish Lake in Lake Elmo.
This time of year, families with septic systems should take precautions to prevent costly septic system problems during the winter.
Two new reports look at the quality of vegetation in the more than 10 million acres of wetlands in Minnesota.
The proposal would expand a cattle feedlot south of Lake Reno to 1,900 head of slaughter steers from an existing 1,608 head of feeder cattle.

Water is more than just lakes and streams. Stop by the Eco Experience to quench your thirst for knowledge about a variety of Minnesota’s waters, from groundwater to wastewater, and how to protect them.

ReUSE Minnesota will add new dimension to the MPCA’s on-going Reduce, Reuse, Recycle feature at the Eco Experience building, featuring a multipurpose workspace comprised of reuse and re-purposed items, hands-on projects, and daily demonstrations of do-it-yourself reuse projects and repair techniques.

The report is open for comment through Sept. 24, 2015.
The producer wants to expand his his 2,400-head finishing facility by adding a second 2,400-head barn, for a total of 4,800 finishing hogs.
Th owner of the biodiesel plant is planning to expand its production from 31.5 to 38 million gallons per year, and an EAW on the project is open for comment through Sept. 16.

The Minnesota State Fair is more than just food on a stick. Daily food demos at the Eco Experience sell the sizzle of locally grown and produced food. Each day brings something new, with themed days focused on a particular culture.

Look at your trash from a new perspective. Stop by the Eco Experience and learn a few behavior changes that can lead to less trash in our landfills and more resources for Minnesota companies.

The MPCA is half way through a 10-year effort to assess the condition of smaller rivers, streams and lakes throughout Minnesota’s 81 watersheds — the state’s largest rivers are being studied to complement that effort.
The MPCA has prepared an Environmental Assessment Worksheet on the proposed expansion and the public may submit written comments on the feedlot expansion EAW until 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 2, 2015.
The draft Chloride Management Plan and TMDL report developed for the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area are available for public review and comment through Sept. 2, 2015.

The Minnesota State Fair is more than just food on a stick. The Eco Experience tells the story behind the best locally grown and produced food at the Healthy Local Foods exhibit, presented by Renewing the Countryside.

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