Information requests

The Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, chapter 13 of Minnesota statutes, regulates how governmental entities such as the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) must handle the data they collect, create, disseminate, maintain and store.

How to submit an information request

Complete the PDF icon Information Request Form. (Note: Internet Explorer works best for the form, or open with Adobe Acrobat Reader.)

  • Fill out the form for each information request
  • Incomplete, insufficient or inaccurate requests will be returned

 If you are unable to use the form, contact e-Services Support at 651-757-2728 or 1-844-828-0942.

Fees

The MPCA charges a fee for the time it takes to search for records for requests that take more than 3 hours to complete, billed at a flat rate of $25.70/hour. The MPCA charges for supplies to duplicate the records such as paper, CDs or flash drives. Most requests take less than 30 minutes to complete, but some may take much longer, tens of hours or more.

To estimate your request charges, use this form:

There is no cost to review materials at our office. You may bring in and use personal equipment (digital camera, scanner, etc.) to copy files.

See the detailed guide for more information:

For guidance on how to request information about yourself or questions about information requests, contact the MPCA Records Management Intake/Triage staff.

Binary Data Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (Minn. Stat. § 13)

The Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (MGDPA) regulates the collection, creation, storage, maintenance, dissemination, and access to government data in government entities. Under the act, all governmental data are accessible to the public for both inspection and copying unless there is a federal law, state statute or temporary classification that classifies them as not public.

COVID-19 pandemic

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MPCA’s ability to provide certain file review/information request-related services may be affected.

In order to protect agency staff and external customers, the MPCA’s ability to accommodate in-person file reviews in any of its offices may be limited. If such file reviews can be arranged, the MPCA will follow the appropriate Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Minnesota Department of Health guidelines to ensure, to the best of its ability, that its staff and external customers are safe.

Since most of the MPCA’s staff members are now teleworking, this may affect the agency’s ability to access some of its information that is stored on-site or off-site. Agency file managers will communicate with requesters regarding any anticipated delays.

Privacy rights of individuals

As an individual, you have rights as a data subject under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act. To view these rights, visit the Privacy rights of individuals webpage.