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The Minnesota Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear a challenge by environmentalists over portions of a lower court ruling involving a key permit for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine.
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Maple producers are facing shorter harvest seasons, less sugar production and unreliable sap flow.
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Michigan has reached a 19.3% recycling rate, an increase of 35.4% from prior to 2019, according to an analysis the state of Michigan released ahead of Earth Day.
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The city of Joliet, roughly 45 minutes southwest of Chicago, is looking to Lake Michigan as a solution to its drying water supplies. But residents are concerned about the costs that would bring.
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The state Department of Natural Resources has restarted efforts to set standards for bacteria in groundwater after conservatives on the agency’s policy board killed the attempt in February.
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The Biden administration made secret plans to weaken protection for whooping cranes, and documents obtained through an open records request show officials “seem to have been deliberately misleading the public.”
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Researchers have found that a common wetland plant native to Australia can remove toxic “forever chemicals” from the surrounding environment.
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Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration has asked Pennsylvania’s highest court to let the centerpiece of his plan to fight climate change take effect.
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Construction companies, the mining industry and other business groups say removing so-called ephemeral streams from regulation would make Ohio’s practice consistent with federal law.