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Dayton re-creates abolished pollution control citizen board

ST. PAUL -- Months after the Legislature abolished the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's citizens board, Gov. Mark Dayton has followed through on a promise to re-create the board through his own authority.

ST. PAUL -- Months after the Legislature abolished the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s citizens board, Gov. Mark Dayton has followed through on a promise to re-create the board through his own authority.

Dayton on Tuesday issued an executive order creating the Governor’s Committee to Advise the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

The committee will have eight citizen members and will be chaired by the MPCA commissioner - just like the old citizens board. It will meet regularly and review documents and recommendations from MPCA staff, though it’s unclear how much formal power the committee will have to order additional review.

Dayton is seeking applicants for the new committee.

Republicans criticized Dayton of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party for trying to resurrect the board after he signed the measure eliminating it into law earlier this year.

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