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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Commissioner Laura Bishop said that as the newly appointed chair of the state Environmental Quality Board (EQB), she’s looking forward to collaborating with fellow state agency leaders and citizen board members. She says she’s confident they will make progress on a number of issues, including advancing climate change solutions.
Governor Walz named Bishop as EQB chair today.
“The Environmental Quality Board helps coordinate the work of Minnesota’s state agencies that deal with the environment, and addressing climate change is Governor Walz’s top environmental priority,” Bishop said.
As EQB chair, Bishop will help implement Governor Walz’s priorities. A number of state agencies have laid out what they’ll be doing to support those priorities on climate, water protection and other issues as part of their budget proposals to the governor.
MPCA, the agency that Bishop leads, is helping coordinate the Governor’s climate change agenda across state agencies. Through Governor Walz’s One Minnesota budget, MPCA is spearheading a proposal for a $250,000 one-time General Fund appropriation to hold public meetings across the state so that Minnesota communities, businesses, citizens, and non-governmental organizations can participate in climate change policymaking.
“Along with the Governor, I believe that the state must continue its leadership on the environment, and climate action will be a top priority. These public meetings will help us a build shared vision for Minnesota’s climate agenda and learn more about the actions people feel are most needed and that the public will support,” Bishop said.
“The EQB is a great platform for the public to help us shape Minnesota’s climate agenda,” she added.
The EQB comprises eight citizen members and the heads of nine Minnesota state agencies with statutory responsibilities in regard to the environment. All EQB meetings are open to the public. For more information about EQB meetings and how the public can participate, please visit www.eqb.state.mn.us.