"Ask the MPCA” features questions the agency has received on topics we work on, from waste disposal, water and air quality, and chemicals in products to recycling and reuse, contaminated sites, and septic systems. If you have a question for MPCA staff, submit it using our web form.
What are the health risks associated with living near a busy freeway? Bad enough to affect my home-buying decisions?
What can you do when you are especially sensitive to wood smoke and your neighbors are having lots of backyard fires?
If the property I'm selling has an abandoned septic system, do I need to do anything before putting it on the market?
My housing development has a stormwater pond. What do we need to know about maintaining it?
What is a stormwater catch basin, and should I be worried about it?
We're a landscaping company that needs to dispose of some chemicals. What should we do with them?
I've switched to non-lead fishing tackle to protect wildlife in Minnesota. How do I safely dispose of the lead stuff?
Can my neighbor just dig a hole and throw his garbage in it?
Can you dispose of cremated human remains on a public lake?
Here are some smashing good ways to dispose of your jack-o-lanterns without tossing them into the garbage.
Businesses, are you wondering how to prevent usable materials from becoming waste?
Switching over to a city sewer system from a septic system? Here's what to do with your current septic tank.
Is it legal to burn fallen branches and leaves in the backyard in St. Paul?
What to do if you find an old fuel oil tank buried on your property.