News releases

Air quality alert issued due to wildfire smoke for Friday, August 10 into Sunday, August 12 Friday, August 10, 2018

Smoke from wildfires in western Canada will continue to affect Minnesota Friday afternoon and evening and will spread eastward across northern Minnesota Friday evening, making air quality unhealthy for sensitive groups.

Air quality alert issued due to wildfire smoke for Thursday, August 9 into Saturday, August 11 Thursday, August 9, 2018

The affected area includes the cities of Worthington, Marshall, Ortonville, Alexandria, Moorhead, East Grand Forks, Roseau and Bemidji, and the tribal nations of Red Lake, Leech Lake, and Upper Sioux.

Air quality alert issued due to wildfire smoke for Wednesday, August 8 into Thursday, August 9 Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The affected area includes the cities of Roseau, International Falls, East Grand Forks, Bemidji and Moorhead and the tribal nations of Red Lake and Leech Lake.

MPCA completes 52 enforcement cases in second quarter of 2018 Thursday, July 26, 2018

Penalties from all 52 cases totaled just over $366,000.

Holdingford truck trailer manufacturing facility penalized for hazardous waste and wastewater pollution Wednesday, July 25, 2018

In addition to paying a $49,325 penalty, the company is working to complete a series of actions to correct identified problems.

Scott Equipment takes actions to reduce air pollution, better manage hazardous waste Monday, July 16, 2018

The company has also paid a $30,000 penalty to the MPCA as part of the agreement to bring the company into compliance with environmental laws.

China recycling shift an opportunity for Minnesota Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Focusing on local use of recycled materials in manufacturing wherever possible has created economic development opportunities around the state.

Ethanol summit getting industry, environmental regulators on same page Thursday, June 28, 2018

The 20 ethanol plants in Minnesota produce more than one billion gallons of clean biofuel annually providing a market for more than 400 million bushels of corn.

Water quality impairments, solutions offered in draft Thief River watershed reports Monday, June 25, 2018

Two new studies by the MPCA and local watershed partners recommend Thief River watershed landowners promote voluntary practices to reduce water pollution and improve water quality. The draft reports are available for comment through July 25, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. 

Livestock farms in southern Minnesota respond to heavy rains causing manure storage overflows Friday, June 22, 2018

If manure-storage facilities overflow, if manure enters surface waters, or if a storage structure is inundated by floodwaters, farmers must call the Minnesota Duty Officer immediately at 800-422-0789.

Public comments sought for proposed Pipestone County swine feedlot Monday, June 18, 2018

CJ Swine, LLC proposes to build a swine finishing feedlot about three miles west of Pipestone in Sweet Township. The public may submit written comments on the proposal until 4:30 p.m. on July 18, 2018.

Comment period for proposed dairy farm near Tintah in Grant County ends July 18 Monday, June 18, 2018

Riverview, LLP is proposing to develop an 11,000-head Jersey dairy farm  just east of Tintah in Grant County in the Bois de Sioux watershed. MPCA is accepting comments on the project’s environmental review through July 18, 2018. 

Good news, better news in Lake Superior-North watershed draft reports Monday, June 18, 2018

Only one of 67 streams and 152 lakes evaluated for water quality standards along Lake Superior’s far North Shore does not meet the state’s criteria, according to two draft reports open for public comment through July 19, 2018.

MPCA extends public comment period for proposed hog feedlot in Fillmore County Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The proposal is to build a new 4,890-head swine farrowing facility about 10 miles east of Harmony in Newburg Township, Fillmore County.

Draft water quality reports offer good news and protection opportunities for Mississippi River-Headwaters watershed Monday, June 4, 2018

The watershed that includes the iconic Mississippi River Headwaters has very good overall water quality, and forest protection is critical to preserve it.

Air quality alert issued due to ozone for Tuesday, May 29th Monday, May 28, 2018

The affected area includes the Twin Cities metro, Rochester, and Albert Lea.

MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed new hog feedlots' expansion in Steele County Monday, May 28, 2018

The public may submit written comments on the Klemmensen EAW until 4:30 p.m. June 27, 2018.

MPCA beginning second ten-year cycle of water quality monitoring field work throughout Minnesota Wednesday, May 23, 2018

This work is funded by the Clean Water Fund from the constitutional amendment passed by voters in 2008.

Mankato waste transfer station proposes increase in operating hours Monday, May 21, 2018

MWPC has seen an increase in waste processing from approximately 43,000 tons per year in 2015 to more than 60,000 tons per year in 2017.

Comment period extended on draft studies that recommend Bois de Sioux River Watershed water quality improvements, protection Monday, May 7, 2018

The studies found that Bois de Sioux River Watershed water pollution is linked to land alterations designed to promote soil drainage, such as stream channelization and ditching.

Minnesota joins coalition of 17 states to defend national clean car rules Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The lawsuit claims the EPA acted arbitrarily and capriciously, failed to follow its own Clean Car regulations, and violated the Clean Air Act.

MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed hog feedlot in Fillmore County Monday, April 30, 2018

The proposed project would include two barns, an animal mortality composting building, a large stormwater basin, and a livestock watering well.

MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed new hog feedlots in Waseca County Monday, April 30, 2018

A total of 9,600 finishing hogs would be housed at two new sites each holding two barns, with each barn housing 2,400 head.

MPCA to withdraw Wild Rice rulemaking Thursday, April 26, 2018

The agency engaged Minnesota Native American tribes, elected officials, businesses and municipal wastewater systems that may be impacted by the rule, and also received thousands of comments from environmental advocacy groups, other stakeholders and the public.

MPCA recognizes wastewater facilities for operational excellence Thursday, April 26, 2018

To be eligible for this recognition, facilities were required to submit all reports to the MPCA correctly and on time, demonstrate consistent compliance through monitoring, operations, and maintenance, and employ staff certified by the MPCA in wastewater operations.