Some of the anger over the facility comes from the fact that it's located on a tributary just six miles from the Buffalo River, an area they gets special protection from the National Park Service.
It's the pollution equivalent of taking 750,000 cars off the road every year, said Mike Harley director of the Environmental Initiative, which runs the effort.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has said other routes as well as alternatives to the project should be considered, and MPCA officials disagree with the state Department of Commerce on how the route question should be handled.
At the university, a new source of water for 200 toilets and 600 students is less than a year old but "working better than even we expected it to," said Cathy Abene, the university's principal civil engineer.
Treated sewage water is getting used again
in a few places, watering golf courses, washing trucks and sweeping streets. The economics in a water-rich state make for slow change, but those who have tried it think it could be a way of the future.
Instead of a 150-day goal, the MPCA now faces a 90-day goal for about 70 percent of business applications for air, land and water permits.
Houston County gave the Erickson Mine permission to start mining silica sand, but a 2013 law requires a DNR permit for mines if they are located near trout streams within an area known as the Paleozoic Plateau.
The EPA approved the state's water quality variance for Mesabi Nugget in 2012, allowing the facility to exceed water quality standards for four pollutants: hardness, bicarbonates, conductivity and total dissolved solids. But the EPA reversed itself earlier this month.
When people hear about Maria DeLaundreau's summer cottonwood planting project, they think she's crazy. Plant more of those messy, trees? What about the seeds?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency isn't holding any of its carbon emission rule hearings in Minnesota. So supporters of the rules held their own.
He said converting coal plants to users of natural gas should continue, along with investments in renewable energy.
Lawn watering is one of the biggest uses of groundwater in Minnesota, but a combination of technology, pricing and attitude change suggests that residents may be starting to change their behavior.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking input on how to regulate development along the 72-mile Mississippi River corridor in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
Andrea Boeve, 33, of Steen, was riding on a Rock County road with her 4 and 1-year old daughters in tow when she was struck by a pickup truck. The girls survived the crash.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is explaining its reversal of a decision that would have given a Minnesota iron pellet facility more time to comply with water quality laws.