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Report Finds Air Pollution Harms Minnesota Fish & Wildlife


Thu, Mar 17th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



(Saint Paul) - Local sportsmen called for cleaning up Minnesota's dirty air as the U.S. EPA announces new plans to limit mercury and in response to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). The NWF report finds that a number of wildlife species important to hunters and anglers in Minnesota are harmed by toxic air pollution and climate change. The report comes out during the same week that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing long-awaited proposed rules to limit mercury, acid rain, and other toxic emissions from power plants. Mercury is one of the most common and toxic power plant emissions in Minnesota and causes a variety of health disorders for fish, mammals, birds, and other species.

Local fish and wildlife species, including our state fish - the walleye, are named in the report for being in harm's way due to a "double whammy" of toxic air pollution and a warming climate. Among the invisible villains to wildlife in Minnesota are mercury, carbon pollution, acid rain, and increased ground level ozone - all of which negatively impact the health and habitat of wildlife. The NWF report, Game Changers: Air pollution, a warming climate, and the troubled future for America's hunting and fishing heritage, is available here.

The Minnesota Conservation Federation, National Audubon Society, Fresh Energy, Izaak Walton League, and Minnesota Trout Unlimited are calling for Members of Congress to support the updating of air pollution limits under the Clean Air Act to rein in the ongoing damage to our nation's wildlife and natural heritage. Congress is currently considering several proposals that would severely weaken the Clean Air Act by preventing EPA from updating air pollution standards. Earlier this month, the House passed a "continuing resolution" budget bill that included riders that would kill the EPA's first standards to reduce carbon pollution and eliminate new standards limiting mercury and air toxics from some sources.

"We need a strong Clean Air Act to protect our lakes from toxic mercury, our streams from acid rain, and our forests from tree-killing smog and carbon pollution" said Gary Botzek, Executive Director of the Minnesota Conservation Federation.

J. Drake Hamilton, science policy director at Fresh Energy, highlighted the economic benefits of clean air: "Congress needs to update safeguards in the Clean Air Act, to cut down on the enormous health costs caused by air pollutio .....
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Health officials investigate three more measles cases in Hennepin County

Thu, Mar 17th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



Three more measles cases have been confirmed by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) since state health officials announced a case of measles in an infant on March 4.

MDH is working closely with Hennepin County Public Health staff ..... 
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MDA laboratory testing confirms E. coli O157:H7 in recalled hazelnuts

Fri, Mar 11th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) laboratory has confirmed E. coli O157:H7 contamination of in-shell hazelnuts (also known as filberts) collected from the home of an ill Minnesotan. The contaminated hazelnuts are part of a multi-state re ..... 
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Unemployment rate falls to 6.7 percent

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota unemployment rate declined to a seasonally adjusted 6.7 percent in January, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

The rate, which was 0.2 perce ..... 
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Health officials investigate case of measles in Hennepin County infant

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



The Minnesota Department of Health is working closely with Hennepin County Public Health and Hennepin County Medical Center in investigating a case of measles in an infant who lives in Minneapolis.

The child became ill in late Februar ..... 
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Multi-state investigation links E. coli O157:H7 cases to eating in-shell hazelnuts

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) are working with counterparts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and federal agencies to investigate cases of E. coli O157:H7 infection associated with eating in-shell ha ..... 
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Nine killed in Minnesota traffic crashes in one week

Fri, Feb 25th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - According to preliminary Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) traffic crash reports, nine people died during the last seven days (February 17-23), making it the deadliest period on the road in 2011.

DPS officials say the tr ..... 
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March is Minnesota Food Share Month

Fri, Feb 18th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

The effects of hunger for an individual or family can range from poor health and slowed recovery from injury or illness to poor performance at school or work. With one in six people facing hunger issues, a growing number of Minnesota households are ..... 
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Uninsured Americans in Minnesota with Pre-existing Conditions Continue to Gain Coverage through Affordable Care Act

Thu, Feb 10th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today made new resources available to the media, consumer groups, states, health care providers, and others to increase awareness of the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP), a he ..... 
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