Climate change, industry, parks, air and water quality are issues that are debated in congress, compete for funding and enpassion many Minnesotans.
December 4, 1970 - Transcription by codeMantra, LLC:
September 29, 1972 - Environmental bill of rights. Department of labor and industry. Pollution Control Agency Russell Doughty. Environmental bill of rights. Standards for the use of pesticides. Blackouts. Energy conservation. Reusable energy.
October 13, 1972 - Periodic discharges spurting from local manholes. Sewer working cleaning up foam in the streets from sewer back-up. Manholes covers are blown off the manhole. The color of the foam and discharged is described. The city claims that the man hole covers haven't actually blown off.
October 17, 1972 - Proposed coal terminal on Pig's Eye Lake. Proponents speak to the excellent access to railways and the need for low-sulfur coal. The port authority says that sufficient gas is not available. The plan calls for development of open space land for recreational purposes and they claim that there'll be no environmental impact of the development. Opposition would like to preserve the area entirely for wildlife and is the last undeveloped area in the region. Further public hearings will be held.
October 18, 1972 - Environmental education council. Chairman William Miles hopes for a new level of environmental council. Ecological and environmental materials. Regional Commissions on environmental education in schools.
October 30, 1972 - Hearings around the state regarding the location power plants and the environmental implications of having a power plant in various locations.
March 13, 1973 - Electrical plant proposal in Henderson, Minnesota is controversal. The state needs to establish an energy program but the plant will displace residents and farmers.
May 11, 1973 - Wounded Knee. Assessing property damage from Wounded Knee occupation. Lawyers investigate claims that most of damage at Wounded Knee and in Rapid City was caused by residents. Currently, there is no fuel, no running water, and garbage piling up. Reporter Kevin McKiernan says covering the situation in Rapid City is similar to his experience in Alabama and Mississippi, which he covered eight years ago.
September 2, 1973 - Third week of testimony in Reserve Mining trial. Judge Miles Lord presiding. Testifying for the state, Dr. Robert Dill says that taconite dumping in Lake Superior is affecting area drinking water. Expert witness Dr. Gary Glass concurs.
September 4, 1973 - MPR’s Stewart Stonick reports on court testimony from Dr. William Nicholson of the Environment Sciences Lab of Mt. Sinai Hospital. Nicholson is the 14th expert witness to testify against Reserve Mining's taconite dumping practices.