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News Release | Environment Minnesota Research and Policy Center

Minnesota gets an ‘F’ for efforts to address lead in school drinking water

St. Paul, MN – Reacting to pervasive lead contamination in schools’ drinking water, Environment Minnesota Research and Policy Center gave Minnesota an "F" today for addressing the problem, according to a new national report.

“Schools should be safe places for our kids to learn and play, but Minnesota is still not doing enough to protect our kids from lead in drinking water,” said Tim Schaefer, State Director of Environment Minnesota Research and Policy Center. “We need policies that actually get the lead out of faucets and fountains in our schools and pre-schools.”

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News Release | Environment Minnesota Research and Policy Center

New report highlights how toxic “accidents waiting to happen” threaten U.S. waterways

Facilities storing billions of gallons of toxic waste threaten America’s rivers and millions of people who live near them, according to a new report from the Environment Minnesota Research & Policy Center, U.S. PIRG Education Fund and the Frontier Group.

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News Release | Environment Minnesota Research and Policy Center

In Minnesota, and from Sea to Shining Sea, Mayors Call for Solar

Minneapolis, MN - Mayors from every U.S. state including Minnesota are embracing a vision for more solar energy in their communities, as stated in a letter released today by Environment Minnesota Research & Policy Center. The group of over 200 “Mayors for Solar Energy” represents cities and towns in states from Florida to Alaska, California to Maine, including Mayor Jacob Frey in Minneapolis.

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Report | Environment Minnesota Research & Policy Center

The State of Recycling in Minnesota

Recycling rates in major cities throughout Minnesota reveal one of the better states in the nation in terms of waste management. Yet, there is still plenty of room for improvement. According to the most recent study, Minnesota’s statewide recycling rate of 43.6 percent eclipses the 2015 national average of 34.7 percent. Part of Minnesota’s success can be attributed to the creation of specific goals and strategies. By 2030, Minnesota plans to achieve a 75 percent recycling rate for counties in the Twin Cities Metro area and a 35 percent rate in Greater Minnesota by 2030.

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News Release | Environment Minnesota Research and Policy Center

Long-Standing, Popular Conservation Fund Expires

Washington, D.C. --Authorization for the nation’s most successful conservation and recreation program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), expired on Sunday. Failure by Congress to save this essential program will put the outdoor places we love and America’s recreational economy at extreme risk. The LCWF is a bipartisan program that protects and preserves our national parks, national forests, wildlife refuges, monuments, and more than 40,000 state and local parks throughout the country.

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