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MPCA praises power utilities for dramatic mercury emissions

February 18, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) recently sent letters to representatives of the state’s power utility sector and to a variety of other public and private entities, thanking them for their help in achieving a significant environmental milestone. Continue Reading

List of SD lakes with mercury issues grows in 2012

February 13, 2013 in The Daily Republic

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Recent online mercury discovery leads to more tips

June 23, 2012 in Alexandria Echo Press

In recent weeks since a statewide news story about a Floodwood, Minnesota man trying to sell 64 pounds of mercury on Craigslist, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and county collection centers have fielded dozens of tip calls from people with mercury to turn in. Continue Reading

High mercury levels found in some Minnesota babies, according to report

February 3, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

One in 10 babies along Minnesota’s border with Lake Superior is born with unhealthy levels of mercury, according to a new report. Continue Reading

Minnesota’s list of impaired waters grows to more than 3,600

January 13, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Impaired waters are defined as having excess nitrogen, phosphorus, mercury, bacteria or other pollutants, hurting their ability to support swimming or fishing, or to provide healthy habitats for fish and wildlife. Continue Reading

EPA tells nation’s dirty power plants to clean up

December 21, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The largest remaining source of uncontrolled toxic air pollution in the United States, the nation’s coal- and oil-fired power plants, will be forced to reduce their emissions or shut down, under a federal regulation released today. Continue Reading

What’s in your mouth? Some experts worry about safety of mercury fillings

December 14, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Some experts worry about safety of mercury fillingSilver amalgam fillings are in millions of mouths and the FDA have not linked them to any harmful effects, but some experts are sounding the alarm about the danger of mercury used in these kinds of fillings. Grand Forks area dentists, like their colleagues around the country, are using silver amalgam less, but it’s still available. Continue Reading

ND among worst for emissions

December 7, 2011 in The Dickinson Press

FARGO An environmental advocacy group issued a report Wednesday ranking North Dakota among the nation’s “filthy 15″ in emissions of toxic pollutants from coal-burning power plants.
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SD officials lobby against rule to curb pollution from power plants

October 17, 2011 in The Daily Republic

SIOUX FALLS (AP) South Dakota officials are lobbying hard against new federal regulations to curb mercury and other toxic pollution from coal-fired power plants. One of South Dakota’s two coal-fired plants would be affected.
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Mercury levels drop in Great Lakes

October 13, 2011 in Lake County News-Chronicle

Mercury levels have dropped about 20 percent in the Great Lakes in recent decades but remain dangerously high and are getting worse in some places, scientists said in a report released Tuesday. Continue Reading