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The ethanol plant in Buffalo Lake formerly owned by Minnesota Energy is in the process of correcting water and air quality permit violations, and must pay a $10,000 civil penalty, according to an agreement with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).

On April 22, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Citizens’ Board is scheduled to hear and act upon a staff recommendation to adopt revisions and updates to environmental rules for livestock feedlots. The changes arise from 2011 legislative action, and ‘housekeeping’ updates.

Nearly 150,000 gallons of untreated sewage spilled into Skunk Creek and Lake Superior within a six-month period due to inadequate emergency notification equipment and procedures at the Two Harbors main lift station, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) announced today.

LaRoche’s Inc., a septic system maintenance business in rural Faribault, has agreed to comply with state rules designed to protect public health and the environment from untreated sewage after a state inspection found several violations.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is seeking comments on a water quality improvement report and protection plan for the Upper Mississippi River, from Royalton to Hastings. 

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is recruiting volunteers to help track water quality changes in lakes and streams across the state.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) invites the public to review and comment on the agency’s draft industrial stormwater permit from March 31 through April 30, 2014.

A new report by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and local groups in the Snake River watershed in the St. Croix River Basin recommends restoring several water bodies in the southern part of the watershed and protecting others in the north.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has issued an air pollution health alert for Southwestern Minnesota including the Marshall area, effective March 31, 2014. 

Though it seems this harsh winter will never end, the big spring thaw has arrived across much of Minnesota. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is asking citizens to document one of the most important indicators of spring for our state – the date on which ice disappears from a lake, or lake ice-off. 

Federal Cartridge Company has been fined and required to take corrective actions as a result of hazardous waste violations at its ammunition manufacturing facility in Anoka, Minn.

A long-term strategy for reducing sediment in the Minnesota River and Mississippi River south of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, is now available for public review and comment.

Minnesota GreenCorps is now accepting member and host site applications in preparation for another year of helping to preserve and protect Minnesota’s environment.

Owners of older heavy-duty diesel engines are encouraged to take this opportunity to upgrade their fleet by installing idle reduction or pollution control devices, or by replacing engines, vehicles or equipment.

Luoma Egg Ranch has been fined and ordered to take corrective actions as a result of feedlot and water quality violations at its chicken egg laying facility in Pine County, near Finlayson, Minn.

As winter gives way to spring, rapid snow melt and the potential for flooding pose challenges for farmers who spread livestock manure on cropland. Farmers who spread solid manure during winter must ensure that it doesn’t run off the field, with snowmelt flowing to ditches, streams and other waters.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has upgraded the severity and geographic range of the air pollution health advisory issued yesterday.

The health alert and advisory is in effect from noon on Thursday, March 6, through early morning on Friday, March 7.

Crow Wing County Landfill has paid a fine and taken corrective actions as a result of hazardous and solid waste violations at its facility east of Brainerd, Minn

In addition to paying a $32,000 penalty, the company has agreed to develop a system to capture and reuse wastewater and stormwater at another one of its facilities.
The company has paid a $27,500 fine and taken actions to ensure that generators at two of its facilities are operated according to state requirements.

In its ongoing efforts to promote environmental compliance, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency concluded 65 enforcement cases in 41 counties throughout Minnesota during the fourth quarter of 2013.  Penalties from all 65 cases totaled just under $630,000.

The company will pay a $10,000 penalty and has agreed to use proper containment practices to manage asbestos-containing materials and debris on future demolition jobs.

Electronics distributor Digi-Key Corporation has paid a fine and taken corrective action to ensure that generators in its Thief River Falls facility are operated according to state requirements. 

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has penalized Dentim Inc., a photo-etching facility doing business as ETCHIT in Buffalo, Minnesota, for violations of the company’s state-issued water quality permit.

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