News releases

Crenlo Cab Products, LLC penalized for air emission and hazardous waste violations Thursday, October 14, 2021

According to a MPCA enforcement investigation, Crenlo Cab Products, LLC, failed to meet several air quality and hazardous waste permit requirements in 2019 and 2020.

Boise White Paper LLC penalized for releasing 1.4 million gallons of untreated wastewater to Rainy River Thursday, September 30, 2021

According to an MPCA enforcement investigation, Boise White Paper LLC in International Falls discharged approximately 1.4 million gallons of untreated wastewater to the Rainy River as a result of power outages in October 2020 and May 2021.

Al-Corn Clean Fuel LLC had uncontrolled air emissions at Claremont facility in 2018-19 Thursday, September 30, 2021

After a four-year investigation, the MPCA found Al-Corn Clean Fuel LLC had uncontrolled emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), particulate matter, and nitrogen oxide emissions in 2018-19.

Denco II LLC consistently exceeded industrial wastewater and stormwater limits at Morris ethanol facility Thursday, September 30, 2021

Denco II LLC consistently exceeded pollutant limits in its industrial wastewater and stormwater discharges at its ethanol production facility in Morris.

Hawkins, Inc., storage tank violations were potential threat to Mississippi River at facility in St. Paul Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Hawkins, Inc., has corrected multiple aboveground storage tank violations at one of its bulk chemical storage facilities in St. Paul.

MPCA offers grants to reduce harmful air pollution from off-road diesel equipment Tuesday, September 14, 2021

MPCA announces approximately $1 million in grant funds available to replace or improve heavy-duty off-road diesel equipment eligible under the federal Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA).

MPCA reports: Protection rather than restoration is priority for two Boundary Waters watersheds Monday, August 30, 2021

Protection strategies are crucial to protect water quality of lakes and streams in the watersheds bordering the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota according to four draft reports by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).

State announces comprehensive drinking water plan for 14 East Metro communities impacted by PFAS Wednesday, August 18, 2021

The MPCA and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today released a drinking water supply plan for the 14 communities impacted by 3M’s PFAS contamination in the East Metro.

3M, American Crystal Sugar, Archer Daniel Midland among 90 compliance and enforcement cases at MPCA in first half of 2021 Friday, August 6, 2021

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) closed 90 enforcement cases for air quality, waste, stormwater, and wastewater violations in the first half of 2021.

Kerry Biofunctional Ingredients facility in Rochester illegally discharges wastewater into area ponds and wetlands Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Kerry Biofunctional Ingredients, Inc., a maker of food ingredients and flavors, violated several state environmental regulations, including illegal discharges into area wetlands and failing to obtain or renew required permits.

As temps rise, so does potential for harmful algae and need to reduce pollution Monday, August 2, 2021

This year’s persistent hot, dry conditions are increasing the potential for algal blooms, including the kind that can be harmful to people and pets.

MPCA offering more than $1.7 million in grants to replace old diesel school buses with new, cleaner models Tuesday, July 27, 2021

The MPCA is offering more than $1.7 million to replace old diesel school buses with new, cleaner diesel, propane, or natural gas models.

Lakehead Trucking in Duluth improperly discharged floor-drain waste at its Duluth facility Tuesday, June 15, 2021

According to an MPCA enforcement investigation, Lakehead Trucking, Inc., discharged wastes from a network of floor drains directly into the ground around its main shop in Duluth.

MPCA reviews 12,000-head dairy feedlot proposed in Traverse County Tuesday, June 8, 2021

The MPCA today released its draft permit and an environmental assessment worksheet for Riverview LLP’s Twelvemile Dairy, a proposed 12,000-head jersey dairy feedlot in Traverse County.

ADM facility in Red Wing receives multiple air emissions violations Tuesday, June 8, 2021

According to an MPCA enforcement investigation, Archer-Daniels-Midland Company’s  oilseed crushing and vegetable oil refining facility in Red Wing committed multiple air pollution violations between 2017 and 2019.

MPCA studies show water quality below standards in Lac qui Parle Watershed Monday, June 7, 2021

Two new draft reports released by the MPCA find the majority of monitored stream waters in the Lac qui Parle River Watershed are not meeting water quality standards.

Ever Cat Fuels to pay $300,000 for air quality violations and failing to have required permit at Isanti facility Monday, June 7, 2021

Ever Cat Fuels, LLC, will pay a $300,000 civil penalty to the MPCA for air quality violations at its biodiesel production facility in Isanti.

MPCA announces short-term solution to expand four Twin Cities metro landfills Tuesday, June 1, 2021

The MPCA has recommended expanding four south metro landfills to accommodate 5.6 million tons of new garbage over the next seven years.

Hibbing Public Utilities exceeds air pollution limits for nearly four years Friday, May 28, 2021

According to an MPCA enforcement investigation, Hibbing Public Utilities exceeded emission requirements in its air permit from 2017 to 2020 at its district heating plant.

MPCA advances cleanup of St. Louis River Area of Concern with Scanlon reservoir Thursday, May 27, 2021

The MPCA today released its environmental assessment of a project to remove decades-old legacy pollution from the Scanlon Reservoir in the St. Louis River Area of Concern.

MPCA offers $5.2 million in grants for replacing heavy-duty diesel vehicles with electric or cleaner diesel Thursday, May 27, 2021

The MPCA is offering more than $5 million in grants to replace heavy-duty diesel vehicles with all-electric, cleaner diesel, or alternative fuel models.

MPCA GreenCorps accepting applications from students, recent grads seeking professional environmental experience Thursday, May 13, 2021

The MPCA is now accepting applications from recent college graduates interested in launching environmental careers by becoming Minnesota GreenCorps members.

Two-year investigation finds 3M failed to manage hazardous waste at Cottage Grove facility Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The MPCA today announced an enforcement agreement with 3M regarding the company’s failure to properly record, store, inspect, and dispose of hazardous waste at its manufacturing and waste incineration facility in Cottage Grove.

Otter Tail River Watershed reports highlight water quality issues and efforts by local partners to correct, prevent problems Monday, May 10, 2021

Among numerous impaired waters in the Red River Basin, the Otter Tail River Watershed stands out for its generally good water quality, according to new draft reports by the MPCA.

MPCA releases environmental review of proposed sewer line in Cottage Grove to support future development Friday, April 30, 2021

The MPCA has released its environmental assessment for a proposed sewer line to connect the City of Cottage Grove’s south district with its main wastewater treatment facility.