The first meeting of the MPCA Advisory Committee will be held on Tuesday, May 24 in the MPCA’s St. Paul office.
The committee, formally known as the Governor’s Committee to Advise the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, was established by Governor Mark Dayton in 2015 to ensure citizen engagement in environmental regulatory decisions. Chaired by MPCA Commissioner John Linc Stine, the committee will provide input and recommendations on certain regulatory decisions being made by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency — including environmental review, permitting decisions, and decisions related to rulemaking.
In February 2016, Governor Dayton announced the 8 members initially appointed to the committee:
- Craig Acomb, President and CEO of the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement
- Amira Adawe, Planner and Health Educator at Saint Paul – Ramsey County Public Health
- Cortney Amundson, founder and Director of Mindful Restoration, LLC,
- Kurt Anderson, Manager of the Environmental & Land Management Department for ALLETE
- Dr. Rebecca Forman, Senior Analyst at Merjent, Inc., and adjunct professor in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
- Nathaniel Hultgren, Agronomy Director for Meadow Star Dairy
- Norman Miranda, Senior Technical Advisor with HR Green Company
- Ted Winter, Licensed Insurance Agent with Farmers Union Insurance and former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
“As regulators make decisions, and enforce our state’s environmental protection laws, Minnesota citizens need and deserve a seat at the table,” Governor Dayton said when announcing the makeup of the committee. “I am proud to appoint this group of qualified, committed citizen leaders to carry out this important work.”
Meetings are initially scheduled to take place on a monthly basis, though the schedule may change as needed. Meetings are open to the public, and agendas will be available prior to each meeting at the committee's webpage. For more information, contact MPCA Deputy Commissioner Michelle Beeman.