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The call to #KeepMNClean extends to both our environment and our politics. Sadly, during the 2017 session, the MN legislature failed on both fronts, passing bills with little to no public notice or opportunity for comments, often in the middle of the night. These bills betray the expectations of Minnesotans that our air, water, habitats, wildlife, and health be put ahead of handouts and loopholes for powerful corporate interests. While many of the bad provisions in the first Environment & Natural Resources Finance Bill were improved after Governor Dayton's first veto, too many remain in second bill, including:
A $22 million raid on the constitutionally-dedicated Clean Water Fund currently used to pay for water monitoring and protection programs, which are diverted instead to pay for administrative operating expenses typically covered by the general fund.
Eliminating the right of all citizens but property owners to seek a contested case hearing to appeal mine permitting decisions that impact their health and environment.
Allowing DNR to approve irrigation permits that jeopardize calcareous fens, which are among the rarest and most sensitive ecosystems in Minnesota and the US.
Allowing polluters to prepare their own draft Environmental Impact Statements, the underlying data for which would be private and unavailable to the public.
Imposing a 16 year delay on compliance with new water quality standards for municipal wastewater treatment facilities.
These are just some of the bad provisions. That's why Minnesota's leading environmental and conservation non-profits are collectively calling on Governor Dayton to veto the Environment & Natural Resources Finance Bill again. For more information, including a full list of problems with the bill, please read their veto letter to the Governor.
Tell Governor Dayton: Thank you for standing strong on protecting MN's environment. Please VETO the Environment and Natural Resources Finance Bill again--make them fix it to put Minnesotans ahead of corporate polluters.
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