News releases

Comment sought on cleanup of the ponds behind Erie Pier Monday, April 8, 2019

These open bodies of water behind Duluth’s Erie Pier were the subject of a 2015 cleanup investigation.

MPCA recognizes wastewater facilities for operational excellence Thursday, April 4, 2019

In Minnesota, there are about 1,600 municipal and industrial wastewater treatment facilities.

Amid positive fish research, St. Louis River Area Of Concern receives approval to remove impairment listing Monday, March 25, 2019

This accomplishment is another step toward the AOC’s entire delisting, which is targeted for 2025.

MPCA seeks comment on changes to wastewater infrastructure in Albertville Monday, March 18, 2019

The new pipe’s discharge point to the Mississippi River will be in Otsego.

Cedar River watershed: Keep the projects coming to keep reducing pollutants Monday, March 4, 2019

Because most of the land in this watershed is used for agriculture, that is where most of the strategies need to be implemented.

White Bear company to pay major penalty for release of hazardous air pollutant Friday, March 1, 2019

The company will pay a civil penalty of $4.5 million, take corrective actions at their site, conduct air monitoring for several years valued at roughly $1 million, and conduct two supplemental environmental projects valued at least $1.5 million.

Red River: Water quality concerns growing in river popular for recreation Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The Red River of the North, a popular recreation river, has a variety of challenges to its water quality, according to a newly released report from the MPCA.

MPCA Commissioner Laura Bishop looks to collaborate as EQB Chair Friday, February 22, 2019

MPCA Commissioner Laura Bishop looking forward to collaborating with fellow state agency leaders and citizen board members as the newly appointed chair of the state Environmental Quality Board (EQB).

St. Cloud welcomes MPCA Commissioner to discuss budget initiatives, agency priorities Thursday, February 21, 2019

MPCA Commissioner Laura Bishop travels to St. Cloud to meeting with students in a wastewater treatment training program, and with students and staff at Westwood Elementary School.

Livestock and septic systems contribute to Minnesota River E. coli impairments Monday, February 4, 2019

There are two primary sources of concern for E. coli entering the Minnesota River: livestock from unpermitted animal feeding operations, and septic systems that represent public health threats.

State investigates air emissions at White Bear Township manufacturer Thursday, January 31, 2019

The facility has pollution control equipment designed to limit TCE emissions, but the MPCA and MDH recently learned that the equipment was not functioning properly and may not have been for some time. 

MPCA completes 31 enforcement cases in fourth quarter of 2018 Tuesday, January 22, 2019

In all of 2018, the MPCA completed 194 cases, totaling $1,062,440 in penalties.

MPCA says state’s air quality good, but not for all Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Pollutant levels have been going down for 30 years even as the economy continues to grow, but air quality is not the same across the state -- in some places, it’s not so good.

Studies call for more stream and ditch restoration, land use practice changes to restore and protect Grand Marais Creek Watershed Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The MPCA and local watershed partners are recommending stream and ditch restoration projects, and that landowners implement voluntary management practices to reduce water pollution in the watershed.

Open for comment: Proposed expansion of fuel terminal in Olmsted County Monday, January 7, 2019

The Magellan Pipeline Corp. proposes to build a 5-million-gallon tank at its petroleum storage and loading facility outside Eyota.

MPCA to hold public information meeting on draft permit for Dem-Con landfill Monday, January 7, 2019

During a public comment period, citizens raised concerns about the potential for groundwater contamination.

MPCA extends public comment period for draft Lansing landfill permit Thursday, January 3, 2019

Public comment period extended to January 11 for the SKB Lansing Landfill, north of Austin in Mower County.

Studies call for land use changes, other actions to restore and protect streams in Two Rivers Watershed Monday, December 24, 2018

Recommendations include projects to restore streams, ditches and wetlands, and voluntary land management practices by landowners to restore and protect waters in the watershed.

MPCA issues PolyMet air and water permits Thursday, December 20, 2018

During the time the draft permits were open for public comments, the MPCA received more than 700 comments.

MPCA to hold public information meeting on draft permit for Lansing landfill Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The public information meeting will be on Jan. 2 at Lansing Township Hall

Obsolete munitions to be detonated at Camp Ripley on Wednesday, Dec. 19 Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Munitions include hand grenades, blasting caps, detonating cords and fuses.

MPCA Commissioner denies permit to proposed feedlot, recommends study of nitrate-contaminated waters in the sensitive karst region of southeast Minnesota Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Citing the need to address elevated levels of nitrate in drinking water in the karst region of southeast Minnesota, MPCA Commissioner John Linc Stine is announcing his decision to deny a general permit for the proposed Catalpa swine facility in Fillmore County near Mabel, Minn.

Air quality alert due to fine particles expanded to include southeast Minnesota through Thursday, Dec. 13 Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The affected area now includes the Twin Cities, Willmar, Hutchinson, Mankato, Albert Lea, Rochester, Winona, and the Tribal Nations of Prairie Island and Upper Sioux.

Air quality alert issued due to fine particles for Tuesday, Dec. 11 through Thursday, Dec. 13 Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The affected area includes the Twin Cities metro, Willmar, and Hutchinson.

Use de-icing salt sparingly to protect Minnesota waters Tuesday, November 27, 2018

It only takes a teaspoon of salt to permanently pollute five gallons of water.