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Tina Smith on Environment

 

 


Open PolyMet copper-nickel mine in the Iron Range

Sen. Tina Smith and Sen. Amy Klobuchar introduced an amendment to the annual federal defense spending bill to expedite an exchange of Minnesota land between the federal government and the mining company PolyMet.

The land exchange is a prerequisite for PolyMet to build a copper-nickel mine--the first mine of its kind in Minnesota--near Hoyt Lakes, on northeastern Minnesota's Iron Range. Smith and other supporters say the land swap has benefits to the region regardless of mining.

Environmental advocates and other critics, however, have argued the amendment would remove an obstacle to the operation of a mine they believe will have disastrous effects on the environment in the name of temporary and limited economic gain. Smith's would-be general election opponent, GOP state Sen. Karin Housley, says Smith is pandering, and doesn't truly have miners' interests at heart.

Source: Minneapolis Post on 2017-8 Minnesota Special Senate Election , Jun 13, 2018

Reduce water usage 15%; increase recycling 75%

Under the Dayton-Smith Administration's leadership, state agencies [will] reduce their water usage by 15 percent by 2025 relative to 2017. Governor Dayton has made water stewardship a priority throughout his administration, securing passage of the landmark water quality buffer law in 2015 and new investments in wastewater treatment infrastructure.

Governor Dayton's executive order directs state agencies to achieve a 75 percent combined recycling and composting rate of solid waste by 2030. Under the Dayton-Smith Administration's leadership, the State Capitol Complex has implemented an enhanced recycling program with a goal of producing zero waste.

The Governor's executive order directs state agencies to ensure that 25 percent of total spend on priority contracts meet sustainability requirements by 2025. When the Office of Higher Education, for example, required that all copiers be set to double-sided--that practice saved $6,000 in the first year alone.

Source: 2017 Lt. Gubernatorial press release, "Conserve Energy" , Nov 21, 2017

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