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Cumulative impacts of air pollution: Community open house

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September 14, 2023 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

For many neighborhoods and communities in Minnesota, decades-old permitting and zoning decisions by local, state, and federal governments have resulted in heavily polluting industrial and manufacturing facilities located near homes, schools, and parks. These decisions have left too many Minnesotans disproportionally exposed to harmful pollutants.

To start correcting this problem, the Minnesota Legislature has directed the MPCA to address the cumulative impacts of air pollution in the permitting process. This affects community members and about 110 facilities within environmental justice areas in the Twin Cities seven-county metropolitan area and the cities of Rochester and Duluth. The MPCA is beginning a rulemaking process to determine how to implement this new law.

Please join this community open house to learn more about what cumulative impacts are, who they affect, and how you can get involved in this rulemaking process.

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