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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    Protection Agency EPA standards for ozone and particulate pollution Minnesota again scored well in the American Lung Association s annual State of the Air Report earning mostly solid A and B grades for air quality in the Minnesota 16 counties with enough data to be scored The state s sole C grade for particulate pollution was given to Ramsey County The state did slightly better than last year with Anoka County scoring an A for ozone up from a B grade in the 2007 State of the Air Report Some of the major factors in air pollution are climate and geography and Minnesota has some built in advantages in both said Bob Moffitt communications director for the American Lung Association of Minnesota Another factor is Minnesota s willingness to embrace greener and cleaner fuels and technologies such as wind power biofuels and hybrid electric vehicles Moffitt noted that the 2008 State of the Air Report did not use the newer slightly more stringent guidelines on ozone pollution that were adopted this year and that the North Star State is not exempt from air pollution challenges Our single largest source of air pollution is vehicle exhaust and we all know how

    Original URL path: http://www.cleanairchoice.org/newsarticle.cfm?ArticleID=28 (2016-04-29)
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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    part of their lives and how to help conserve our natural environment said Roger Moore a farmer in Blue Earth Minnesota who has invested in ethanol biodiesel and wind production Moore is president of Minnesota Corn Growers Association a long time supporter of farm based renewable energy as a clean air solution that has a dramatic impact on pollution and which can be used today in existing technology in millions of vehicles Nearly 250 exhibitors will show off the latest in green yard and garden supplies transportation green lifestyles and recreation household products food and agriculture energy community food and farm festival groups and green buildings The Clean Air Choice Team has taken part in Living Green Expo each year since the event began in 2001 according to Kelly Marczak director of American Lung Association of Minnesota We will be there giving people information about how biofuels ethanol and biodiesel are better for the environment because they reduce carbon dioxide emissions and other pollution said Marczak Just as we are doing at Earth Day events and other public appearances we will be answering questions that are coming up in media reports People need more information about water usage in ethanol it compares favorably to lots of other industrial and energy products and we will be answering questions people have about food versus food For instance they will offer some of the information from a Texas A M University report that shows that the major jump in food prices has to do with the price of oil more than any other factor high gasoline and diesel prices have a much greater impact than higher commodity prices on the cost of cornflakes or a dozen eggs Marczak reminds ethanol advocates in southern Minnesota to support Iowa s newer and growing Clean Air

    Original URL path: http://www.cleanairchoice.org/newsarticle.cfm?ArticleID=20 (2016-04-29)
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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    from 2001 to 2006 and found that in addition to the rapid growth of ethanol production the industry has cut its use of resources benefiting the environment In that five year span ethanol production jumped 276 from 1 77 billion gallons to 4 9 billion gallons At the same time water consumption electricity and total energy used by ethanol facilities dropped dramatically Facilities use 26 6 less water 15 7 less grid electricity and 21 8 less total energy in manufacturing ethanol America s ethanol industry has come a long way in a few short years as has the efficiency and productivity of the corn farmers that provide the raw materials for this dynamic industry says Illinois Corn Growers Association President Art Bunting There continues to be a lot of outdated or just plain wrong information circulating regarding the ethanol production chain so this is a welcome study Argonne also found that in 2007 carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions from the nation s automobile fleet were reduced by 10 million tons due to the use of 6 5 billion gallons of ethanol Additionally the analysis found that nearly 25 of ethanol facilities are capturing their carbon dioxide emissions for

    Original URL path: http://www.cleanairchoice.org/newsarticle.cfm?ArticleID=26 (2016-04-29)
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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    International Biomass Conference Trade Show in Minneapolis on April 16 Norman Reese general manager of Frontline told attendees of a breakout session that the unit will displace 90 percent of the ethanol plant s natural gas usage by burning approximately 280 tons of wood waste per day It is capable of burning corn cobs corn stover grass liquid injection oil fiber and bran from fractionation and distillers dried grains with solubles Construction of the gasifier began in June 2007 and the first batch of producer gas was produced April 9 CVEC General Manager Bill Lee who moderated the Biopower Gasification breakout session at the conference also detailed his plant s exploration of corn cobs as a biomass energy source for the gasifier He said two harvest methods would be publicly demonstrated this fall We re an organization owned by farmers so we ll go to our members first he said The cobs will be harvested with the corn similar to a demonstration conducted by Poet LLC last fall Lee said CVEC chose to focus on corn cobs rather than corn stover for several reasons one being that cobs produce approximately one third less ash than stover when burned Cobs can

    Original URL path: http://www.cleanairchoice.org/newsarticle.cfm?ArticleID=25 (2016-04-29)
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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    new findings from an American Wind Energy Association AWEA report released today titled AWEA 2008 Annual Rankings Report showing that Iowa is first in the nation in Wind Generation as a Percentage of All Electricity Generation I ve made growing the wind industry in Iowa a top priority for my Administration and our investment is paying off for Iowans with hundreds of green collar jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars invested in our communities said Iowa Governor Chet Culver Iowa leads the nation in producing its power from wind energy and is positioned to become the renewable energy capital of the U S Iowa is also home to five major wind generation manufacturers who have recently decided to locate or expand here because of our quality workforce Acciona Siemens Clipper Hendricks and TPI Composites Dozens of existing Iowa companies now supply the industry Together we re building the Silicon Valley of the Midwest by developing the next generation of renewable energy and technology and it starts here in Iowa with wind States with the Largest Percentage of Wind Generation in 2007 1 Iowa 5 5 percent 2 Minnesota 4 6 percent 3 New Mexico 3 9 percent 4 Oregon

    Original URL path: http://www.cleanairchoice.org/newsarticle.cfm?ArticleID=27 (2016-04-29)
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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    university based laboratory that has certification from the Environmental Protective Agency and can measure evaporative emissions which are emitted while a vehicle is idle Minnesota Corn Growers President Roger Moore said the university setting brings into the picture objectivity that doesn t usually exist in the private sector His point was echoed by Bruce Jones auto and manufacturing engineering technology professor who said It s never been a situation where we ve felt like we have to distort our research Jones emphasized that independent of the national debate concerning ethanol researches will continue to focus on how to maximize fuel economy and minimize emissions of existing technologies including hybrid and biodiesel power sources New equipment will also enable the study of varying levels of ethanol blends as well as emissions from lawnmowers ATV s and other non road engines The grant is the latest chapter in a long collaboration between the department and Minnesota corn growers who have provided grants for the current lab and student design competition sponsorship since the mid 1990s The timing of this is absolutely right said Jerry Larson chairman of the Minnesota Corn Research Promotion Council And it s going to enhance the image of this facility and we re going to get recognition nation wide Larson and Moore both stressed the significance of keeping research and development dollars in state as previous developments required vehicles to be moved to and tested at EPA certified facilities The sciences are a collaborative field and when we have this type of instrumentation there s going to be people from other states that are going to need to partner with us to get their projects done and get the instrumentation that they require Moore said The laboratory expansion will also provide opportunities and accessibility to students from a

    Original URL path: http://www.cleanairchoice.org/newsarticle.cfm?ArticleID=24 (2016-04-29)
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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Information
    the two governors announced the Coalition s objectives to discuss interstate collaboration exchange information on wind technology and policy commission research on critical wind policy issues and seek recommendations on federal and regional policy America is at a tipping point Governor Pawlenty said Our country is too dependent on imported sources of energy and greenhouse gas emissions continue to grow too quickly Governors and states have a tremendous opportunity to lead the country toward a cleaner more independent more secure energy future A U S Department of Energy report ranks Minnesota fourth in windpower capacity and fifth in retail wind sales Windpower holds tremendous potential for clean renewable energy for our country and leading states like New Mexico and Minnesota are now harnessing that power in order to meet their renewable portfolio standard commitments Governor Richardson said As the highest per capita wind energy user in the nation New Mexico is fully invested in wind power This coalition has the potential to bring together states with abundant wind resources with states with a large demand for renewable energy and with states where wind technology is developed to create a powerful lobby on behalf of clean energy In 2006 the U

    Original URL path: http://www.cleanairchoice.org/newsarticle.cfm?ArticleID=1 (2016-04-29)
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  • American Lung Association Clean Air Choice: News and Events - Media
    Lung Health Workshops Offers Answers About Natural Gas Vehicles Minnesota s quiet march to cleaner air Top U S News Home More Information Upcoming Events Media Return Home News Events Media Videos American Lung Association of The Upper Midwest 490

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