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A popular stretch of the St. Croix River was found to be contaminated with phosphorus.
As cleanup of lead contamination continues, regulators accuse manufacturer of multiple pollution violations.
Judge approves lead cleanup plan and allows plant to open Tuesday.
Water Gremlin can partly reopen this weekend if court approves a cleanup plan
While some employees demonstrated with their children at the Capitol to reopen the plant, others who had worked there have spoken out about fears of illness and health risks.
Public health investigators founds that at least 12 children of Water Gremlin workers have elevated levels of lead in their blood. Workers can unwittingly carry the heavy lead dust home on their shoes, clothing and in their vehicles.
Warming winters, longer growing seasons and wetter weather all make Minnesota more hospitable to the invasive pests.
State Appeals Court keeps 3 permits for copper-nickel mine on hold during legal challenge.
The appeals argued Wednesday are at the core of the groups' effort to stop a copper-nickel mine they see as posing profound environmental risks for northern Minnesota. PolyMet Mining insists it can safely operate a mine that will also generate much-needed jobs.
Here are answers to common questions about the two planned mining projects in northeastern Minnesota and the controversies surrounding them.
The Star Tribune collected the names and stories of everyone who died after a physical confrontation with law enforcement in Minnesota since January 2000, and continues to update this database as new incidents occur.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals ordered the state's pollution regulators to reconsider a permit they approved for a mega-dairy farm in southeastern Minnesota.
Minnesota is one of the country's fastest-warming states, largely because of its northern location and warming winters.
MPCA wants to compare Minneapolis and St. Paul neighborhood health statistics with contaminant levels.
The researchers don't know if the mutation is dangerous, but the point is that the battery nanoparticles are doing something unintended, the lead author said.
Faulty valve led to leak, say MPCA officials checking it.
Ramsey County tries to cut caseloads and "do better for our victims."
Across Minnesota, cities large and small are scrambling to upgrade storm sewers, culverts, roadways and drainage ponds as they find themselves deluged by ever-more intense storms and flash flooding.
Manufacturer's PFAS woes continue with this latest environmental finding.
Environmentalists questioned dam safety, other issues at $1 billion copper-nickel mine.
Rappaport always credited pure chance for her survival, her son said.
Environmentalists say agency chiefs tried to suppress concerns raised by federal regulators.
PolyMet near construction phase of copper-nickel site.
The hearing comes as the House considers dozens of bills to limit the "forever" chemicals.
The EPA's findings from the PolyMet case will be incorporated into a nationwide audit.
Regulators said Minnesota must find a way to cut the river's sediment levels in half.
Revelation is latest in pollution scandal that has triggered calls for investigation.
Angry neighbors say the MPCA should do more to protect the community.
The five-year grant, announced Tuesday, will fund basic research on the polymers, or molecules, used to make plastic plus community outreach.
Governor wants financial protections, union jobs.
Researchers suspect a key source of the microplastics might be clothing fibers washed into the water from household laundry. They are testing other Minnesota lakes to gauge the impact on wildlife.
In a letter to Gov. Tim Walz, the bipartisan group says opponents are making a last-ditch effort to block the copper-nickel mine.
Mine opponents have alleged irregularities in the way Minnesota approved the mine's water quality permit.
Minnesota judge cites possible irregularities by state and federal regulators.
The state Court of Appeals has affirmed Minnesota's rules governing hard-rock mining, delivering a blow to environmentalists who challenged them as too vague to protect…
It's cited in the argument in the Minnesota Court of Appeals, which is deciding a challenge to mining permits granted to PolyMet by Minnesota regulators.
PolyMet, the state's first hard rock mine, is fully permitted and moving toward construction.
The letter to Ellison is the latest call for greater oversight of PolyMet, copper-nickel mining.
The company said its proposed copper-nickel mine near Ely will have safeguards to prevent pollution feared by environmentalists.
The memo could play a role in three inquiries now examining how federal and state regulators handled the critical permit for PolyMet Mining Inc. and its proposed Minnesota copper mine.
Critics worry about Swiss mining giant's ownership in the event of future pollution.
The group's goal is to shed light on how Antofagasta, the powerful Chilean mining company that owns Twin Metals, lobbied to get its crucial mining leases renewed after the Obama administration ruled that the mine posed too many environmental risks.
Ruling raises additional questions about the proposed copper mine on the eve of PolyMet's shareholder meeting in Toront
He says review expected to start immediately.
Federal officials had multiple pollution concerns that were never entered in the public record.
Fluctuating levels on Mississippi, ushered in by warming climate, doom floodplain forests.
Retired agency attorney calls permit process "unethical" and "bizarre."
Hoping to cut nitrate levels in drinking supply, Minnesota regulating fertilizer use
A wrongful-death suit is the latest Minnesota claim that Roundup has caused cancer, joining thousands from around the U.S.
Rep. Betty McCollum calls Trump Administration's decisions "inexplicable."
3M settlement also gives the city 180 acres of 3M farmland.
Transportation is now the leading source of carbon emissions in the state, and mile by mile, Minnesotans who worry about climate change are focusing on it as the way to cut greenhouse gases.
Case is first legal test of environmental rules for copper-nickel mining.
Interior Department ruling cheers mining supporters, greeted as "abominable" by environmentalists.
State's rules on tailings dams for metal mining haven't been changed since 1993.
The exchange at a congressional budget hearing came days after retired Forest Service employees expressed alarm about Twin Metals.
The weedkiller is found in Cheerios and other oat-based foods, snacks.
With funding in hand, the state will remove more than 6,000 rotting barrels of hazardous chemicals from the site.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals sided with the state Department of Natural Resources, saying it has adequately regulated groundwater use in the community.
Environmental group calls the federal court penalty inadequate.
An abrupt federal turnaround on lease approvals violates federal law, they argue.
Lois K. Gibson’s many letters published in the Star Tribune and its predecessors over nearly half a century document her deep engagement in the world…
Most said gameday treks to and from the new Allianz Field went smoothly.
The poor metro area ranking was the result of its bright nighttime lights and location in a flyway with a huge volume of birds pouring through.
The new standards are based on a model policy recently devised by the state's police oversight board, as well as a set of sweeping recommendations from a task force appointed last year by then-Attorney General Lori Swanson.
Bills in the House and Senate would create a state program to certify the professionals who apply salt to sidewalks and parking lots, so they know how to best control ice without using excessive salt.
The hazardous industrial solvent remains in wide use despite high toxicity.
Tom Landwehr to head up fight to stop proposed copper-nickel mine.
Water Gremlin's pollution continued for more than 15 years, state officials said.
The lead poisoning crisis in Flint, Michigan, prompted Minnesota's review.
Funding for a cleanup plan at the site in Andover has stalled in the Legislature.
Report spotlights two pollution cases in Minnesota.
Landmark conservation bill would safeguard land in northern Minnesota.
Cleaning up bacterial pollution will cost $4 million to $10 million over two decades, according to a new MPCA plan, the state's latest effort to solve a decades-old pollution problem.
3M last year settled a state of Minnesota lawsuit related to PFAS, and faces litigation in other states. Environmental and consumer groups immediately challenged the EPA's decision not to push immediately for lower limits on the chemicals in drinking and groundwater.