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Can old disposable batteries be thrown in the trash?


Truth be told, those old used up disposable alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt, etc.) aren’t the environmental menace they used to be before the federal government mandated taking out the mercury, a potent neurotoxin linked to a wide range of environmental and health problems, as part of the Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act of 1996. Continue Reading →

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June home energy workshops free for Minneapolis residents

There will be a free Home Energy 101 workshop for Minneapolis residents on June 16. Workshop attendees will learn from experts how to save energy and money at home, including info about home improvement financing. Home Energy Squad Enhanced is offering exclusive features for Minneapolis residents, and attendees can schedule a discounted home visit for $50 (usually $70) and will get a free energy-saving goody bag. Continue Reading →

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Walleye fishing opener and aquatic invasive species


The Minnesota walleye fishing opener was this past Saturday, May 9 in waters across the state. While fishing is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy the best of the land of 10, 000 lakes, there are some precautions that need to be taken before and after fishing to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Continue Reading →

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Spray foam insulation can pollute the indoor environment

Making your home more energy efficient is certainly good for the planet and will cut your heating/cooling bills, but there is also the possibility of chemical off-gassing, the release of chemicals into the homes atmosphere. According to the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG), most common spray polyurethane foam insulation contains methylene diphenyl diisocyanate, or MDI, a synthetic chemical that has been linked to asthma, lung damage and even death. Continue Reading →

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Lax policies allow dollar stores to offer harmful products

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A new national study found over 80 percent of products sold in dollar stores contains at least one hazardous chemical “above levels of concern.” A Day Late and A Dollar Short by California-based Campaign for Healthier Solutions looked at the four largest dollar store chains — Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar and 99 Cents Only — which operate over 21,500 stores in this the U.S., have a total annual sales of over $36 billion, and whose customers typically are low-income and residents of color. Continue Reading →

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