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EPA leader tours Science Museum of Minnesota

May 28, 2014

By John Brewer, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn.



May 28--Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy visited the Science Museum of Minnesota Wednesday to get a first-hand glimpse of the facility's new energy-saving heat-recovery system and to tout St. Paul's energy efficiency.

McCarthy has been on a cross-country tour over the last couple of weeks -- visiting Salt Lake City, Utah; Portland, Ore.; and Seattle -- in advance of the EPA's upcoming greenhouse gas-reducing proposal targeting existing power plants.

She wouldn't get into the specifics of the proposal as she toured the Science Museum, but did recognize that more cities and states needed to adopt such cutting-edge, energy-saving technologies. The heat-recovery system, which captures excess heat from the museum year round and reuses it in the winter, is expected to cut overall energy costs at the facility by 80 percent.

"I think people think we're still living in an age where innovation doesn't happen, and where we don't find ways of tackling our environmental challenges, and ways of growing the economy. You've just proven them all wrong here," she said.

The complete proposal will be announced next week.

John Brewer can be reached at 651-228-2093. You should follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/jbrewerpipress.

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