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Minnesota ethanol plant fined again for pollution violations

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A south-central Minnesota ethanol plant has been fined again for environmental violations. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says the Corn Plus plant in Winnebago has agreed to take a series of corrective actions and pay a $39,450 penalty after regulators found several violations of the plant’s stormwater permit. The permit sets conditions to ensure that ...

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House speaker wants outside audit on Sandpiper pipeline project emails

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt has asked the legislative auditor to do a separate investigation of Minnesota Pollution Control Agency activity on the Sandpiper oil pipeline project. Daudt says news reports on an agency employee’s seemingly slanted emails to groups fighting the project raise bigger doubts about impartiality about the regulatory review for Enbridge Energy’s proposed ...

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Mining, water, carbon top Minnesota’s environmental agenda

MINNEAPOLIS — Major decisions on copper-nickel mining, a water quality summit and a push to reduce carbon emissions by Minnesota’s utilities will be among the top issues on Minnesota’s environmental agenda for 2016. Some of the debate will be very public, while much of the work on issues such as oil pipelines and wild rice will take place behind the ...

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Pollution-control employee investigated over seemingly biased e-mails on Sandpiper oil pipeline

Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday said state regulatory officials will investigate a pollution-control employee who sent at least two e-mails regarding the proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline that the governor called unprofessional. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is looking into actions by Scott Lucas, a pollution-control employee in its Brainerd office, who made seemingly critical statements in e-mails on the ...

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White Earth voices concerns about Sandpiper: State commission to deliberate on pipeline Friday in St. Paul

WHITE EARTH RESERVATION — The White Earth Tribal Council held a public hearing Thursday regarding Enbridge’s plan to place the Sandpiper Pipeline through land and water areas impacting tribal lands. If the company’s certificate of need and the route are approved by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, the $2.6 billion pipeline would carry oil from North Dakota and Montana through ...

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Enbridge defends northern route for pipeline

Pipeline operator Enbridge Energy on Tuesday defended its proposal to build a northern Minnesota crude oil pipeline in the face of persistent suggestions by state agencies that another route, farther south, might be better. Company executives testified during the first day of a trial-like evidentiary hearing before a regulatory judge in St. Paul. Critics of the $2.6 billion project have ...

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Hearings this week on Enbridge pipeline

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The public has a chance to weigh in this week on a proposed pipeline that would increase the amount of oil flowing across Minnesota by 225,000 barrels a day. About half of a proposed 612-mile pipeline would run through northern Minnesota, carrying oil from North Dakota to Superior, Wisconsin. Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission has scheduled five ...

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Winona supports new state standards for silica sand

WINONA – The city of Winona is believed to be the first Minnesota city or county to offer an official opinion on controversial regulation of the booming silica sand industry since the Legislature ordered the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to create state standards last session. The Winona City Council voted 5-1 Monday night to approve a five-paragraph resolution that supports ...

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