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AGREEMENT ON TROUT STREAM SETBACK LANGUAGE


Wed, May 15th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

(St. Paul) – This week, House and Senate members, the governor’s administration, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) came to an agreement on legislation regarding silica sand mining in Minnesota. These provisions will be proposed in the Environment Finance Conference Committee.



A key provision provides new permitting authority to the DNR over any new silica sand mine proposal that is located within one-mile of a designated trout stream in Southern Minnesota. A hydrological study must be performed and the new silica sand mining trout stream setback permit issued by the DNR will contain restrictions to prevent potential impacts to trout stream.



Another key silica sand mining provision includes creating a state agency technical advisory team to help local governments properly regulate projects that require local permits, requiring the state technical advisory team to set standards and criteria for local governments to use for important issues such as setbacks and buffers, hours of operation, air quality and dust monitoring, noise testing, inspection and storage pile requirements. This legislation will also create new rules by the MPCA regulating dust emissions and new rules by the DNR creating statewide standards for reclaiming mine lands.



“We have worked together to create a reasonable, bipartisan approach to regulate the silica sand mining industry. These provisions will protect the health and well-being of our citizens, natural resources, infrastructure, small communities and tourism industry that help make Southeastern Minnesota so unique, while still providing opportunities for job growth and economic development,” Miller said. “This language will continue to allow our local government to make local decisions, while allowing them to tap into state resources to assist with the process.”

AGREEMENT ON TROUT STREAM SETBACK LANGUAGE

Mon, May 13th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

(St. Paul) – This week, House and Senate members, the governor’s administration, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) came to an agreement on legislation regarding silica sand minin ..... 
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Commissioner Rothman teams up with AARP to talk about elder fraud, financial abuse prevention

Mon, Apr 22nd, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Statewide Tele-town hall focused on the fight against senior fraud SAINT PAUL, MN – Within this decade, there will be more Minnesotans over the age of 65 than children enrolled in our public schools. Senior citizens across the country hold the ..... 
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Commission on Judicial Selection Recommends Third Judicial District Candidates to Governor Dayton

Thu, Apr 18th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN – The Commission on Judicial Selection announced today it is recommending three candidates to Governor Mark Dayton for consideration to fill the vacancy in Minnesota’s Third Judicial District. This vacancy was created upon the retire ..... 
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Illegal to text, email, surf web while driving

Thu, Apr 18th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN - A ticket for texting and driving will make you feel :-( and chances of getting stopped for thumbs on the phone will increase as Minnesota law enforcement agencies conduct a one-day distracted driving education and enforcement effort A ..... 
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Minnesota Would Receive Over $6.8 Million Under Obama Administration Budget Proposal to Help Homeowners Reduce their Energy Bills

Wed, Apr 17th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

WASHINGTON -- President Obama’s Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2014 includes an increase for low-income home weatherization services, including $6.8 million to help needy families in the state of Minnesota. The proposal represents a continued comm ..... 
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Prom warning: Spring months the worst for unbelted teen deaths

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With April, May and June combining for the highest percentage of unbelted teen deaths during the past three years, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety is urging parents to reinforce safe driving ..... 
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Deadliest weekend of 2013: eight killed on Minnesota roads

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN - At least eight people were killed on Minnesota roads this past weekend, (April 6–early Monday morning, April 8), making it the deadliest weekend of the year, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS). The eigh ..... 
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Road construction update

Wed, Apr 10th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

As Minnesotans, we know what follows melting snow and warmer temperatures: construction season. The Minnesota Department of Transportation recently released their 2013 construction project program that outlines 300 projects set to begin across Minnes ..... 
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