The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) partners with local governments, civic and advocacy organizations, and industry trade associations to advance legislation that ensures every Minnesotan has healthy air, sustainable lands, clean water, and a better climate.
2022 legislative initiatives
Expand Minnesota’s electric vehicle charging network
To meet our state’s goal of reaching 20% electric vehicle use by 2030, Minnesota must prioritize a significant buildout of publicly accessible charging stations. Governor Walz requests $13.8 million to fund a series of electric vehicle fast-charging stations which will expand the capacity of our current charging network and fill gaps between fast chargers. This funding can unlock $68 million in matching federal funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
More information: Electric vehicle charging network (leg-sy22-30)
Address contaminated drinking water wells in Andover
Recent samplings of some private drinking water wells in Andover’s Red Oaks neighborhood show the presence of the contaminants 1,4-dioxane and PFAS above the MDH’s health-based guidance values for drinking water. Governor Walz requests up to $12 million in bonding to design and construct new municipal water mains for a residential area in the city of Andover.
More information: Red Oaks municipal water connection (leg-sy22-29)
Collect real-time nitrate data in Minnesota waters
Nitrate concentrations have steadily increased in the Mississippi River since the mid-1970s. On average, 158 million pounds of nitrate per year flows through the point where the Mississippi River leaves Minnesota. Governor Walz requests $1 million from the General Fund to design and install a network of 40 nitrate sensors for the continuous, real-time monitoring of nitrates at key locations in the Mississippi, Red River, and St. Louis River basins.
More information: Nitrate sensor network (leg-sy22-28)
Minnesota can adapt for extreme weather caused by climate change, but we must equip our communities with the tools they need to do this work. The MPCA is advancing two legislative proposals to fund local infrastructure resiliency projects in cities across the state.
Accelerate local redevelopment of legacy contamination sites
More than 10,000 properties in Minnesota are considered brownfields due to contamination. Governor Walz proposes $1 million to create a state-funded brownfield assessment grant program to support community-based redevelopments located in low-income and traditionally underserved communities throughout Minnesota. Without the critical dollars to assess contaminated sites in underserved communities, they remain blighted, vacant, and underdeveloped.
More information: Creating a community-based brownfield grant program (leg-sy22-13)
The MPCA has partnered with the state’s Department of Health and Department of Commerce to propose tighter restrictions on the use of lead and cadmium in toys and jewelry.
Additional policy, budget, and bonding proposals can be found on the MPCA’s 2022 legislative priorities fact sheet webpage.