News Releases: August 2014

MPCA penalizes St. Paul Park Refining for endangering the Mississippi River with benzene Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has fined St. Paul Park Refining Co. for failing to properly treat, store and dispose of benzene-containing wastewater at its refinery in St. Paul Park.

What's new with the Eco Experience in 2014? Monday, August 18, 2014

The Minnesota State Fair’s history in agriculture, arts, innovation, and youth projects is kept alive in the fair’s environmentally themed building, the Eco Experience.

Comments sought on draft report about water pollution in Pomme de Terre River watershed Monday, August 18, 2014

A draft report about water pollution in portions of the Pomme de Terre River watershed in west-central Minnesota is open for public review and comment from Aug. 18 through Sept. 17.

MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed hog feedlot in Blue Earth County Monday, August 18, 2014

Troy Phillips of rural Janesville is proposing to build a hog feedlot southeast of Mankato. The feedlot would consist of two total-confinement barns, each with 2,400 hogs. Manure would be stored in reinforced concrete pits under each barn.

Study: Except for bacteria in some creeks, Lake Pepin tributaries are in good shape Friday, August 15, 2014

While many streams flowing to Lake Pepin in southeastern Minnesota offer high water quality and need protection, a handful of trout streams need reductions in bacteria levels, according to a study by local partners and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).

Inspiring kids to love nature: Visit the Nature Adventure play yard at Eco Experience Friday, August 15, 2014

Inspiring kids to love nature is the best way to encourage them to protect our environment and teach them to be part of something bigger than themselves.

We Can all #BeeMNnice at Eco Experience! Thursday, August 14, 2014

Come learn all about pollinators and view our beautiful gardens and displays, right in the front yard of Eco Experience!

What do local assets, tree planting and photos from Minnesotans have in common? Find out at Eco Experience Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Minnesota’s climate is changing. At this year’s Eco Experience  find out how Minnesotans are adapting to the changing climate and what they are doing to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to ensure climate change remains manageable in the future.

Teslas and tire pressure: What's new in air quality in Minnesota? Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Discover how day-to-day actions can improve the air we breathe at this year’s Eco Experience at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair.

Water quality improvement report drafted for North Fork Crow River watershed Monday, August 11, 2014

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is seeking comments on a water quality improvement report for the North Fork Crow River watershed. 

What do Sara's Tipsy Pies and Peace Coffee have in common? Find out at Eco Experience! Friday, August 8, 2014

You can’t have a great Minnesota get-together without food! 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.

MPCA urges Minnesota businesses to apply for industrial stormwater permit Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A newly-re-issued industrial stormwater permit may affect thousands of businesses and organizations that need to apply or re-apply for permit coverage.

See the World's Largest Wad of Paper at the Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Look at your trash from a new perspective. Stop by the Eco Experience and learn a few behavior changes that can resonate with your readers, listeners and viewers. This behavior change could lead to less trash in our landfills and more resources for Minnesota companies.