MCEA would like to extend a huge thank you to the over 90 MCEA supporters, new and established, who came by last week to tour our new headquarters and connect with our on-staff experts about our latest projects. We enjoyed getting to know the names and faces behind the contributions, action alert follow-ups, and petition signatures that help make our work more powerful at the Capitol and in the courts.

As we all know, ensuring law, science, and research always have a seat at the decision-making table is no easy task and surely doesn't come cheap.

That's why we value being able to invite our supporters into our space to show them what their contributions help accomplish, and to better explain what we're continuously up against - a hard fight to protect Minnesota's environment, its natural resources, and the health of its people.

If you were unable to attend or contribute at the event, or have yet to send a gift as part of our Spring Appeal, then please consider making a gift that's significant to you today!

$27 . . . . .  Engages 180 constituents to call their legislator to vote no on environmental rollbacks

$82 . . . . .  Creates a map that illustrates threats to our air and water so we are able to persuade decisionmakers

$132 . . . . . Ensures our lawyers have the best research to go toe-to-toe with corporate interests for one month

$243 . . . . . Allows us to defend our environment by hiring scientists, economists, geologists, hydrologists and other experts to testify for two hours

$555 . . . . . Appeals a ruling that upholds polluters' interests over clean air and water


Save the date, we'll see you in Ely! 

Kathryn Hoffman, MCEA CEO, will be the guest speaker at the July 31st 'Tuesday Group' Meeting in Ely, MN. The Tuesday Group meets weekly at the Grand Ely Lodge for lunch and discussion on local, regional and state topics.  The meeting will begin at noon and lunch is on your own.

Later Tuesday evening, MCEA will be hosting a Happy Hour event from 5pm-7:30pm at Northern Grounds in downtown Ely. Attendees will be able to connect with Kathryn and MCEA mining program director Kevin Lee about our latest advocacy projects, as well as what we're taking on in the courts. Light appetizers will be provided and a cash bar will be available. 


MCEA earns Charities Review Council Meets Standards® seal seven years running! 

Nonprofit organizations, such as MCEA, earn the Meets Standards® seal by voluntarily participating in Charities Review Council’s Accountability Wizard® review process. The review process examined four key areas: Public Disclosure, Governance, Financial Activity, and Fundraising.

As a result, MCEA has aligned its practices, policies and procedures to widely accepted standards of accountability, leading us to greater strength, efficacy and to the achievement of the Meets Standards® seal. By participating in the Accountability Wizard® review process, MCEA demonstrates responsibility, integrity and transparency to donors as well as the general public.

To view our online report, click here. You’ll also find us in Charities Review Council’s Smart Giver Newsletter.


MCEA Takes on the Foxconn Loophole

Foxconn, a private international company, wants to take up to 7 million gallons of water a day out of the Great Lakes for private industrial purposes. The Great Lakes Compact, enacted in 2008, stresses that any diversions of Great Lakes water outside the basin should be rare and limited to public use. MCEA has joined a challenge to this diversion, and a hearing for that challenge will be held later this summer. Wisconsin Public Radio is covering this story. 

The city of Racine, Wisconsin has requested an exception to the Great Lakes Compact in order to divert this water on Foxconn's behalf. Racine’s request is premised on a bad interpretation of the Compact. Nearly all of the water sought for diversion will serve one private company’s industrial interests. This is a loophole never intended by the Great Lakes Compact and Agreement. Join us in calling for Great Lakes states and provinces to reject Wisconsin’s misread and misuse of the Compact, which would open the door to diversions basin-wide for largely private purposes.

Click here to sign MCEA's petition to fix the Foxconn loophole for the sake of the Great Lakes


Judge's ruling against Minnesota wind farm causes alarm for advocates

A judge’s recommendation that a proposed Minnesota wind farm be nixed over turbine noise has drawn a flurry of opposition from the wind-power industry, which fears a chilling effect on development.

The judge’s “interpretation of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s (MPCA) noise standards would have a detrimental impact on other current and future wind-energy projects throughout the state,” the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy wrote in its objection.

Read more on this story here

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