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The principle is simple: clean air to breathe and clean water to drink and enjoy. GAF - a "grandfathered" Title 5 (the most dangerous level) shingling plant along our Riverfront- is the leading polluter on the Eastside.  Aaron Neumann will work with community leaders, impacted residents and the MPCA to finally "Expel the Smell!" that plagues our communities with noxious fumes and asthma clusters. River issues - watershed and stormwater management and our air quality along the riverfront - are the top environmental priorities in our District that Aaron will champion. Other legislative environment priorities include: 

  • HF 2891 - which is Mississippi River habitat and public water access funding to the tune of $4 million to Metropolitan Council for a grant to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.  This legislation will provide critical habitat enhancement, restoration, and public water access to the Mississippi River above St. Anthony Falls in Minneapolis. Projects would create habitat zones for migrating, nesting, and aquatic species and would improve the recreational value of land along the
    river.

  • Restore the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Citizens’ Board - For nearly 50 years, Minnesota has had an environmental citizens’ board, the MPCA Citizens’ Board, which has been one of the only venues for Minnesotans to challenge and improve many proposed development projects that negatively affect our environment and our water. But in 2015, the Board was eliminated by the Minnesota Legislature after the Board refused to rubber-stamp a 9,000 cow dairy operation. The legislature has compromised our environment, heritage, and our democratic process and now we need to fight back to restore the Citizens’ Board. Aaron Neumann will join the fight in the Legislature to restore the MPCA Citizens’ Board.

  • Legislation that would require that the state of Minnesota to convert its vehicle fleet to a hybrid or electric low- or zero-emission vehicle fleet to reduce emissions and to preserve energy.

  • Legislation that would give municipalities, park districts and watershed districts the power to ban certain classes of pesticides on golf courses, private lawns, and parklands in their areas.

  • Legislation, financial incentives, and educational programs that encourage conservation and reuse of water, low-use water systems, and reduced use patterns in all residential and commercial buildings.

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