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News Release | Environment America

EPA’s proposed lead rule fails to ensure safe drinking water

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its long-awaited proposal to update to the federal Lead and Copper Rule. As proposed, EPA’s long-awaited update to the Lead and Copper Rule falls far short of the decisive action needed to “get the lead out” of our drinking water. And in a few critical provisions, the proposed rule could even take us backwards.  

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Report | Environment Minnesota Research and Policy Center

Renewables on the Rise 2019

Minneapolis, MN - America is in the midst of a clean energy revolution. Currently, wind and solar energy provide nearly 10 percent of our nation’s electricity and in 2018 America produced almost five times as much renewable electricity from the sun and the wind as in 2009.  Renewables on the Rise documents the dramatic rise of clean energy over the past decade and looks toward a future that is 100 percent renewable.

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News Release | Environment Minnesota Research and Policy Center

New rankings compare colleges and universities on progress toward clean energy

Minneapolis, MN - As high school seniors across the country receive college admissions letters this week, Environment Minnesota Research & Policy Center is announcing which schools are in and out when it comes to the transition to renewable energy. In a new study released today, colleges and universities were ranked in five categories based on their shift to renewable energy sources like solar and wind power. The University of Minnesota, Morris tops the list for most on-campus renewable energy.

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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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Report | Environment Minnesota Research and Policy Center

Get the Lead Out 2019

Minnesota's children need safe drinking water – especially at school where they go to learn and play each day. Unfortunately, lead is still contaminating drinking water at schools and pre-schools across the state. As our report shows, Minnesota is failing to make the grade when it comes to keeping lead out of drinking water at school. Instead of waiting for more testing, we need to proactively remove the lead pipes and plumbing at the root of this toxic hazard for our children.

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