environmental policy

May 16 EQB Meeting Cancelled

The meeting of the Environmental Quality Board, scheduled for Wednesday, May 16, 2012, has been cancelled.  The next EQB meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 20, 2012.  The meeting will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., in the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Boardroom, 520 Lafayette Road North, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55155.

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Governor Dayton Moves to Simplify Minnesota’s Environmental Review Process

Governor Dayton’s Executive Order calls for three significant evaluations to be conducted by the Environmental Quality Board, including recommendations on simplifying Minnesota’s environmental review process and governance, which are in line with the recommendations set out earlier this year by the Legislative Auditor.  The order also directs the state to develop an environment and energy ‘report card’ to track the state’s performance and report results on environmental protections.

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EQB calls special meeting for Nov. 18, 2011

The next meeting of the Environmental Quality Board will take place on Friday, November 18, 2011. The board will meet from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in the MPCA lower level board room.

The board will continue its conversation on the future direction for the EQB.

Additionally, Mr. John Jaschke, Executive Director of the Board of Water and Soil Resources will present to the EQB on a draft update to BWSR's strategic plan.

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EQB requests input at Nov. 18 meeting on its future agenda

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100 signatures now required for EAW petition

The environmental review statute was amended during the 2011 legislative session to increase the number of signatures required for a petition for an environmental assessment worksheet from 25 to 100.  The statute was also amended to require that the petitioners must reside or own property in the state (Minnesota Laws, Chapter 107, Section 87).  The amended language is as follows:

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An invitation to help shape the new EQB

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Agendas and minutes

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Special meeting notice

The EQB will be holding a special meeting on September 21st in the MPCA Board Room. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:00.

The board will address environmental review action items, including final EQB approval of the environmental review program rules (at Minn. Rules, part 4410.4300, subpart 15) establishing a mandatory EAW category threshold for greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, the board will reassign RGU responsibility from the EQB to the MPCA on the Fairmont Power Plant.

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Amendment of environmental review rules for greenhouse gases

The EQB proposes to amend its rule to add a specific threshold number applying to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to the mandatory EAW category for air pollutants at part 4410.4300, subpart 15. The level proposed is a combined total of 100,000 tons per year of GHGs, expressed as carbon dioxide equivalents. The gases to which this threshold would apply are carbon dioxide; methane; nitrous oxide; hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs); perfluorocarbons (PFCs); and sulfur hexafluoride. Comments and hearing requests are due by February 23, 2011

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