up in the air:
what changes in federal air quality standards could mean for minnesota

about the program

In light of new research, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering setting stricter health-based ambient air quality standards for ground-level ozone and fine particulates. What will these new standards mean for Minnesota businesses and communities?

Minnesota's air quality has improved over the last decade for most pollutants, but there is uncertainty about where new federal standards will be set and whether Minnesota will remain in compliance. In the midst of this uncertainty, Minnesota has a unique opportunity to develop our own solutions to our air quality challenges.

This event was the first in a three part series, hosted in Minneapolis, Duluth and Rochester, where experts from around the region addressed the following questions:

  • What do we know about air quality in Minnesota and its impacts on public health?
  • How might proposed changes to federal air quality standards impact Minnesota industries? What sectors are most likely to be impacted?
  • What can Minnesota businesses and communities do to proactively reduce emissions in order to avoid federal nonattainment designations?

This series of events kicked off Minnesota’s Clean Air Dialogue, a facilitated stakeholder process in which leaders from the business, government and nonprofit sectors will identify potential emission reduction strategies that are efficient, effective and beneficial for Minnesotans and Minnesota industries.

Questions and concerns—and solutions—posed by the attendees were collected as input for the dialogue.


event details

Wednesday, April 18
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Saint Anthony Main Event Centre
219 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414

event materials

Agenda (PDF) »

Speaker Bios (PDF) »


Jean Johnson, Minnesota Department of Health »

John Paul, Dayton & Montgomery County Regional Air Pollution Control Agency »

Doug Aburano, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency »

Chris Nelson, 3M Company »

Paul Pagel, Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) »

Ann Seha, Xcel Energy »

project funders

Flint Hills Resources

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency logo

Duluth Event Funder & Host:

Minnesota Power

Rochester Event Host:

Rochester Public Utilities



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