Tagged drinking water

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Settlement reached with 3M, City of Bemidji

The Bemidji City Council approved an agreement with 3M after a closed meeting last night. According to a release from City Manager Nate Mathews, 3M has been working with the council over several months and will contribute $12.5 million to support the construction and operation of the water treatment system, built to remove 3M-manufactured PFAs…

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MPCA announces PFAs blueprint

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency released a blueprint to address PFAs. According to a release, priorities for this legislative session include designating PFAs, or per- and polyflouralkyl substances, as hazardous, and will require manufacturers to disclose contaminant information. The blueprint also includes plans on how to identify, evaluate and respond to PFAs contaminations in landfills…

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Gov. Walz tours Water Treatment Plant

Photo: Gov. Tim Walz and Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht. Photo by Scott Williams. Gov. Tim Walz made a visit to Bemidji Thursday morning at the site of the currently-under-construction water treatment plant near the Bemidji Regional Airport. Gov. Walz emphasized that as the state recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, investments like $10.1 million one in…

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Gov. Walz plans Bemidji visit

Gov. Tim Walz will visit Bemidji today. According to a release, the visit is only open to the press, but will highlight the new funding for Bemidji’s water treatment plant. The Local Jobs and Project Bill signed by the Governor last week included over $10 million for the construction of the plant, which is designed…

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PFAs task force in the works

Minnesota House Representative John Persell of Bemidji reports he has co-authored a few bills since the start of session last week. While no bill numbers are yet available, he has been working on a Forest Protection bill in a similar vein as the decades-old Wetlands Protection Act, with a goal of no net loss of…

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