The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says it would have to close between five and 10 state parks, and offer reduced services at others, under budget bills passed by the Republian-led House and Senate Tuesday.
A bill making its way through the Minnesota Legislature would exempt ethanol plants from an environmental review requirement.
Minnesota's legislative auditor says the
state's process for environmental review of private-sector projects
is too often burdened by delays, uncertainty and duplication of
A joint legislative-citizens advisory group on environmental spending agreed Monday night to drop 25 projects from its list of recommendations headed to the Legislature. The action came after two key lawmakers warned the group the projects would never pass.
Minnesota's leading business lobbying group wants to streamline and speed up the process for getting permits and environmental reviews completed. But some environmental groups are concerned the changes might go too far.
Officials at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources say the state needs to consider hunting and fishing license fee hikes to prevent the state's Game and Fish Fund from being depleted by 2015.
A new website being launched early next month will give Minnesotans a chance to see how sales tax money from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment is being spent.
Research covering sustainable biofuels, bee colony collapse disorder and a new microbe discovered in the Soudan mine are among the projects receiving money from this year's Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.
A Minnesota Senate committee has advanced legislation to establish a new state park at Lake Vermilion in northern Minnesota.
The Senate Environment and Natural Resources committee will take up a bill Monday that would allow the state to bypass its usual spending limits to buy land for the proposed Vermilion State Park.
The Minnesota Legislature has approved the $213 million outdoors and cultural heritage bill in the waning hours of the legislative session.
The Minnesota House has rejected an effort to lift the state's ban on new nuclear power plants.
State lawmakers are considering a bill that would let all Minnesota residents age 90 or older fish for free.
A citizens' group today approved a list of projects to fund with new sales tax money earmarked for environmental projects.
The committee setting priorities for spending a portion of Minnesota's new sales tax is divided over how to spend the first round of money.