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Minnesota’s Clean Air Dialogue work group issues final report


The Work Group of Minnesota’s Clean Air Dialogue recently concluded a year of collaboration with a final report on how to improve Minnesota’s air quality. The group, tasked with identifying the most efficient and effective ways to meet or exceed potential new federal air quality standards, issued a final report that identifies 24 initiatives in six categories to voluntarily reduce emissions associated with ground-level ozone and fine particulate pollution.

The Work Group, facilitated by the Environmental Initiative (EI), engaged leaders from the business, government and private sectors. Its recommendations are accompanied by descriptions of additional activities that will contribute to the important role of ongoing emissions reductions.

The Minnesota Department of Commerce participated in the Work Group and proposed three initiatives to reduce emissions: the Conservation Improvement Program 1.5% Energy Savings Goal, the State Energy Efficiency Program for the Public Sector, and Updating Minnesota State Policy to Facilitate Development of Distributed Generation and Combined Heat and Power.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and partners of the Minnesota Clean Air Dialogue will work in the coming years to implement the initiatives. For more on the Minnesota Clean Air Dialogue and to view its final report.