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Minnesota Public Health Association Honor for Environmental Health Leadership

This summer, I was honored by the Minnesota Public Health Association (MPHA) with the 2015 Harvey G. Rogers Environmental Health Leadership Award. The MPHA recognized my environmental work as Advocacy Director and Legal Counsel for non-profit Water Legacy to prevent pollution … Continue reading

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Detailed Comments Submitted on Minnesota’s First Proposed Sulfide Mine

On March 13, 2014, on behalf of WaterLegacy, I submitted detailed comments and expert opinions criticizing the supplemental draft environmental impact statement (SDEIS) for the PolyMet NorthMet project, Minnesota’s first proposed sulfide mine. Our 180 pages of WaterLegacy Comment on … Continue reading

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Public Interest Environmental Law – Playing Fields

I’m looking forward to Minnesota’s Environmental Institute this Thursday, April 19. Unsurprisingly, there are various presentations by the usual suspects – environmental practitioners for business and corporate interests.  But, the Environmental Institute also makes space to hear from public interest … Continue reading

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NEW Book, Turn Here Sweet Corn, Celebrates Organic Farm Victory

  Turn Here Sweet Corn, a poignant and powerful memoir by organic farmer, Atina Diffley, is a compelling lesson in organic farming, a powerful family drama, a love story and a legal thriller. Atina and I first met in the spring … Continue reading

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Hopeful Sign – MPCA Commissioner Says “Facts” Will Determine Policy

As a frequent skeptic about the capture of regulatory agencies by the regulated parties, I was delighted to learn that Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Commissioner Paul Aasen has been telling agency leadership that facts matter. In an internal letter … Continue reading

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WaterLegacy Ranked #1 Promising Start-Up Protecting Minnesota’s Environment

WaterLegacy, my client and a source of passion and inspiration, has just been chosen  Number One in the category of promising Minnesota environmental non-profit start-ups for our work protecting water quality from the risks of sulfide mining. Philanthropedia, a national … Continue reading

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Weakening Environmental Review – A Bad Idea Gone Worse

Yesterday, Governor Mark Dayton signed a one-sided piece of legislation to weaken environmental oversight developed by industry lobbyists without even a pretense of debate on its key provisions. Major policy changes in this bill, such as allowing project proponents to … Continue reading

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Same Old Revolving Door for Industry Lobbying

Surprise. Brad Moore, the former commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has been officially hired as a lobbyist for the PolyMet Mining Company. Between his stint at the MPCA and his current sinecure, Moore worked in a governmental … Continue reading

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One of Minnesota Lawyer’s “Attorneys of the Year for 2010″

Paula Maccabee thanks Minnesota Lawyer for the honor of being selected as one of the ”Attorneys of the Year for 2010.”  The nomination was based on public interest work in environmental law and energy law.

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What’s Up with the Wild Rice Standard?

Don’t take your eyes off the deck of cards while they’re shuffling. Protection of natural wild rice from sulfate pollution faces ongoing uncertainty and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency needs more backbone. A broad coalition of tribal and non-Native ricers … Continue reading

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