Stephanie Hemphill

Stephanie Hemphill

Reporter
Minnesota Public Radio
shemphill@mpr.org


Stephanie Hemphill reports on environmental issues for MPR News. She has been a reporter for Minnesota Public Radio since 2000, first working out of the Duluth bureau and since 2007, she's been based in St. Paul. She covers resource issues, water quality, and climate change, with a concentration on energy policy. She has reported for National Public Radio, the Great Lakes Radio Consortium, and other regional and national outlets. She has received numerous awards from state and regional journalism organizations.

Stephanie Hemphill Feature Archive

In the mid-1990s, the Public Utilities Commission began to calculate what economists call the "external costs" — damages — caused by electricity generation. They include pollutants that contribute to asthma, heart and lung disease, and greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. (10/10/2013)
The sale of forestland to a big potato grower in northern Minnesota is drawing fire from some legislators who are concerned that runoff from the fields could pollute the Pinelands Sands aquifer. (10/08/2013)
Little brown bat
A fungus that eats at bats' wings has been found in Mystery Cave and Soudan Underground Mine, two of Minnesota's largest bat caves. In East Coast states, the white nose fungus has wiped out nearly 6 million bats. (10/06/2013)
Environmental activists complained that the draft standards were looser than some existing local rules. In the end, the board promised to re-write the document with a lot more public and industry input. (09/18/2013)
Minnesota and Nebraska are the only states that have sizable populations of Blanding's turtles. The medium- to large-sized turtles, which have striking yellow throats, live long lives but are vulnerable. (09/18/2013)
State officials want public input on frac sand mining guidelines now in their final stages. But opponents of the practice have not given up hope for an outright ban. (09/18/2013)
Minnesota lawmakers this year required utilities to start buying more solar power from homeowners with panels on their roofs, but a key decision in coming months could determine how much anyone will take advantage. (09/10/2013)
The Department of Natural Resources will collect water samples from private wells in Anoka County this fall. It's part of the Minnesota Geological Survey. (09/08/2013)
National Wildlife Federation reports that climate change affects fish and their habitats around the country, and calls for better efforts to restore and expand key habitats and resource management. (09/04/2013)
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission decided Wednesday that a comprehensive study is needed for the second phase of the proposed Enbridge Energy pipeline expansion. (09/04/2013)
Herbicide didn't work. So hungry goats it is for Mississippi River bluff land overtaken with buckthorn, an invasive shrub. (08/30/2013)
ATV enthusiasts from Minnesota and neighboring states can ride on Minnesota's 3,400 miles of trails this weekend without have to pay a registration fee. (08/30/2013)
A gray wolf that experts suspect bit a 16-year-old boy on Sunday in north central Minnesota has tested negative for rabies. (08/29/2013)
Federal regulators concluded Xcel Energy's nuclear power plant in Monticello, Minn. was not adequately prepared for flooding. (08/28/2013)
Work on Highway 61 along the North Shore of Lake Superior will push traffic onto a detour for about a week starting Monday. (08/25/2013)