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Current News Releases (138)
March 24, 2015 15:03
MPCA releases draft recommendations for protecting wild rice from excess sulfate
Rather than relying on a single sulfate level for all wild rice waters in the state, the agency proposes to calculate a sulfate level for each wild rice water, based on location-specific factors.
March 24, 2015 10:14
Media availability today: Proposed approach for protecting wild rice from excess sulfate
If you can’t attend in person, those interested can call in to the media availability session.
March 16, 2015 13:47
Lack of permits a foul for sporting goods manufacturer
Under an agreement with the MPCA, Rawlings Sporting Goods Co. Inc. must establish recordkeeping for its air emissions permit and pay a $78,000 penalty to the state.
March 05, 2015 10:49
Duluth's U.S. Steel Superfund site informational meeting set for March 16
MPCA staff will discuss the site’s past, recent and upcoming remediation activities on land and in the St. Louis River.
March 02, 2015 10:49
MPCA seeks comment on environmental assessment of wastewater treatment system for Afton
A 30-day comment period will end April 1, 2015.
February 25, 2015 13:08
Despatch Industries penalized for air quality violations
To resolve the violations, the company agreed to pay a $95,000 civil penalty.
February 23, 2015 11:04
United Taconite draft permit public meeting scheduled
The draft air permit would authorize the facility to replace particulate (dust) emission control equipment and incorporate a plan to track and calculate mercury emissions.
February 20, 2015 10:19
MPCA opens grant for heavy-duty diesel upgrades; deadline 3/31/15
MPCA has $150,000 in federal grant funding for installing pollution controls and idle reduction devices; or for replacing engines, vehicles, or equipment.
February 17, 2015 14:21
MPCA solicits comments on proposal to remove parts of 2 sites from state Superfund list
The agency wants to “delist” parts of two brownfield sites, and that will facilitate redevelopment at both of them
February 09, 2015 11:16
Permit for large feedlots open for public comment
The draft general permit will be open for public review and comment through March 11, 2015.
February 06, 2015 11:22
MPCA requesting comments on Clay County feedlot expansion
Comments on the EAW and permit are being accepted until March 4, 2015.
February 06, 2015 09:29
Prior Lake sewer expansion is open for public review
The Environmental Assessment Worksheet for the proposed extension is available for public comment through March 4, 2015.
January 28, 2015 09:18
Minnesota leads the nation in pollution prevention
Minnesota businesses are the best in the United States at reducing or eliminating some dangerous pollutants, according to a recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report.
January 26, 2015 13:39
Mini Eco Experience coming from the State Fair to Bemidji’s Headwaters Science Center
The Exhibits will be visiting the Headwaters Science Center in downtown Bemidji from Jan. 31 to June 15, 2015.
January 26, 2015 10:12
Comments sought for report on water pollution in St. Clair Lake
The report is open for review and comment unitl Feb. 19.
January 21, 2015 11:20
MPCA completes 58 enforcement cases in fourth quarter of 2014; 251 cases in all of 2014
Penalties from all 58 cases totaled $469,815.
January 20, 2015 09:11
MPCA seeks comments on restoration/protection report for Sauk River Watershed
The public comment period begins Jan. 20 and continues through Feb. 19, 2015.
January 16, 2015 10:16
City of Hastings and Max Steininger Inc. are penalized for stormwater violations
In addition to correcting identified problems, the city and its contractor have been assessed a $40,000 penalty.
January 15, 2015 12:32
Carl Bolander and Sons Construction Co. is penalized for stormwater violations
In addition to correcting the identified problems, the company also paid a $29, 385 penality.
January 06, 2015 11:16
MPCA asking for comments on Clearbrook pipeline station expansion
The proposal would add four new crude oil storage tanks at a Minnesota Pipeline Company pipeline station operated by Koch Pipeline Company just southeast of Clearbrook.
December 29, 2014 09:21
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency sets a new Guinness World Record
The MPCA is now a Guinness World Records title holder, having successfully set a record for the largest paper ball.
December 22, 2014 13:42
Flint Hills Resources proposed refinery changes are open for public review
The company has proposed two projects at its refinery in Rosemount — a natural-gas based, combined heat and power cogeneration facility and a clean fuels project.
December 22, 2014 10:23
Public meeting scheduled for proposed permit for new U of M steam plant
The proposed system will use natural gas as primary fuel, and will replace two coal fired boilers.
December 17, 2014 14:26
Celebrating a landmark environmental law: Closed Landfill Program marks two decades of success
Twenty years ago, there were more than 100 closed, state-permitted landfills across the state that had accepted garbage, and many of them were contaminating drinking water and generating explosive methane gas.
December 15, 2014 13:10
For the sake of our lakes, keep your pavement on a low-salt diet
It is estimated that we toss more than 350,000 tons of salt on the metro area roads, parking lots and sidewalks annually.
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