Contact: Cathy Rofshus, 507-206-2608
Willmar, Minn. ― Prinsco Inc., a manufacturer of plastic drain pipe in Prinsburg, in southwestern Kandiyohi County, has agreed to pay a $17,700 penalty to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) for alleged wastewater and stormwater violations. The company has also taken action to bring the business into compliance with federal and state regulations.
An MPCA inspection of the facility in 2010 found that Prinsco operated without the required federal and state permits for discharging industrial wastewater to waters of the state (Chetomba Creek) and for managing industrial stormwater. The business discharged nearly 10,000 gallons of industrial wastewater a day from a cooling system to Chetomba Creek via drain tile.
As part of the agreement, Prinsco has obtained the required industrial wastewater and stormwater permits, and is now allowed to discharge its cooling water to the creek. It is managing its stormwater in an appropriate manner, and has started collecting the required water samples.
The agreement, known as a stipulation agreement, is one of the tools the MPCA uses to achieve compliance with environmental laws. When calculating penalties, the agency takes into account how seriously the violation affected the environment, whether it was a first-time or repeat violation, and how promptly the violation was reported to appropriate authorities. The agency also attempts to recover the calculated economic benefit gained by failure to comply with environmental laws in a timely manner.
For more information about managing solid waste, go to the MPCA website at http://www.pca.state.mn.us.