Elizabeth Dunbar Feature Archive

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. (08/01/2014)
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. (07/30/2014)
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. (07/29/2014)
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? (07/24/2014)
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. (07/22/2014)
He said converting coal plants to users of natural gas should continue, along with investments in renewable energy. (07/17/2014)
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. (07/10/2014)
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. (07/07/2014)
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. (07/04/2014)
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. (07/04/2014)
Minneapolis authorities are cleaning up after a Metro Transit bus lost control and drove onto the sidewalk in downtown Minneapolis, damaging garbage cans and smashing into light posts. (07/04/2014)
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's new web page allows people to look up specific bodies of water to be connected with information about everything from swimming conditions to fish consumption to invasive species. (06/29/2014)
A state and federal study of Minnesota's groundwater has found increasing evidence of consumer and other chemicals known as 'contaminants of emerging concern.' (06/26/2014)
The federal agency and several environmental groups have agreed on a proposed consent decree that obligates the EPA to take action on a finding from the National Park Service in 2009 that haze from the coal-fired Sherco plant impairs the views at Voyageurs and Isle Royale National Park. (06/25/2014)
As Minnesotans waded through the damage caused by a shock of heavy rains, Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday opened the door to a special Legislative session to aid the state's flood torn areas. (06/20/2014)