Minnesota Legislators will receive a lump of coal for their plans to roll back pollution standards. HF72/SF86 would roll back the standards for power plants to allow coal-fired burning without mitigation for pollution. This standard was set by the 2007 Next Generation Energy Act, a bi-partisan effort signed by then Governor Tim Pawlenty.
Each member of the Minnesota Legislature will receive a lump of coal on Monday from clean energy advocates as a token of their growing concern over HF72/SF86. Following the media event, the coal will be delivered to legislators. Speaking at the press conference will be Rep. Bill Hilty (DFL- Finlayson); Sen. Ellen Anderson (DFL- St. Paul); Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL – Minneapolis); Michael Noble, Fresh Energy; Barb Freese, Union of Concerned Scientists; Bob Moffitt, American Lung Association; Alexis Illyn, Restoring Eden.