News releases

New water quality reports: Phosphorus and bacteria are top challenges in Mississippi River-Sartell Area Watershed Tuesday, September 15, 2020

According to new draft reports released by the MPCA, surface waters in the Mississippi River – Sartell Watershed are in fair condition, but phosphorus and E. coli pollution are threatening aquatic life and recreation in several streams and lakes.

Koda Energy pays $13,600 for air quality violations at Shakopee biomass energy facility Monday, September 14, 2020

Koda Energy LLC has paid a $13,600 civil penalty to the MPCA for a series of air-emission violations at its biomass energy generation facility in Shakopee.

MPCA, DNR announce recommendations to protect East Metro’s drinking water from PFAS contamination Thursday, September 10, 2020

The MPCA and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced a $700 million drinking water protection plan for the Twin Cities East Metropolitan Area.

MPCA extends public comment period for Waukon Dairy in Norman County Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The MPCA has granted a 30-day extension for comments on a proposed dairy operation in Norman County to allow additional public review of information related to groundwater availability.

Alexandria public meeting addresses chloride pollution in wastewater treatment discharges to local lake Thursday, August 27, 2020

The MPCA will host an online public informational meeting on Thursday, September 3, on its proposal to reissue the Alexandria Lakes Area Sanitary District's wastewater treatment permit with a variance.

MPCA to expand electric vehicle charging network by more than 2,500 miles in Greater Minnesota Thursday, August 27, 2020

The MPCA announced today it will fund the installation of up to 38 additional fast charging stations in Greater Minnesota, extending the existing EV highway corridor network by more than 2,500 miles.

Duluth Ready Mix Concrete pays $12,300 for industrial stormwater violations in St. Louis County Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Duluth Ready Mix Concrete Inc. has agreed to pay a $12,300 civil penalty to the MPCA for stormwater violations at its gravel pit in Canyon, about 35 miles northwest of Duluth.

MPCA releases environmental review, draft permit for proposed 10,500-head dairy feedlot in Norman County Monday, August 17, 2020

The MPCA released its draft permit and an environmental assessment worksheet (EAW) for Riverview LLP’s proposed Waukon Dairy, a 10,500-head dairy feedlot located about five miles southeast of Gary in Norman County.

New report: Upper Mississippi River in good condition overall, suffers from excess sediment Monday, August 17, 2020

According to a new draft report released by the MPCA, the Upper Mississippi River from near Grand Rapids to Brainerd is in good condition overall, but has excess sediment in the water in some areas.

Mesabi Metallics seeks reissuance on air quality permit Friday, August 14, 2020

Mesabi Metallics Co. LLC has applied to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to reissue its air quality permit.

MPCA conducts environmental assessment for proposed swine feedlot expansion in Nobles County Monday, August 10, 2020

The MPCA released its draft permit and an environmental assessment worksheet for Aggen Farms’ proposed expansion of its swine facility in Nobles County.

Report: Rainy River makes remarkable recovery, thanks to regulations and partnerships Monday, August 10, 2020

The Rainy River is a story of recovery, international partnership, and effective environmental regulations taking a river from heavily polluted to “good to excellent” water quality, according to a report recently released by the MPCA.

MPCA extends public comment period for proposed swine feedlot in Norman County Friday, August 7, 2020

The MPCA has granted a 30-day extension for comments on a proposed large swine feedlot operation in Norman County to allow public review of results from a pending aquifer test.

MPCA seeks Minnesota schools for new electric school bus pilot project Wednesday, August 5, 2020

The MPCA today launched an innovative pilot grant project for electric school buses that will support cleaner vehicle technology and reduce harmful air pollution, including greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Sugar beet processing plant in Renville County seeks wastewater permit variance Tuesday, August 4, 2020

The Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative has applied to the MPCA for seasonal variances from several wastewater treatment standards at its beet processing plant east of Renville.

MPCA announces cleanup options for the Scanlon and Thomson reservoir sites in the St. Louis River estuary Thursday, July 30, 2020

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has released studies of two contaminated sites — the Scanlon and Thomson reservoirs — in the St. Louis River Area of Concern (AOC) that detail cleanup options for the sites.

MPCA closes 118 enforcement cases in first half of 2020 Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has concluded 118 enforcement cases in the first half of 2020.

Metropolitan Council pays $14,038 for air quality violations at south Minneapolis light-rail facility Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The Metropolitan Council’s Metro Transit paid a civil penalty of $14,308 for air quality violations at its Franklin Avenue light-rail operations and maintenance facility in south Minneapolis.

Shell Rock River Watershed reports: Nutrient pollution must significantly decrease for fish habitat, recreation to improve Monday, July 27, 2020

Nutrient pollution needs to significantly decrease — by as much as 75 percent in some waters — for lakes and streams in the Shell Rock River Watershed to better support fish and recreation, according to two reports by the MPCA and its partners.

B&H Petroleum Equipment pays $15,000 for underground storage tank violations in Freeborn and Mower counties Friday, July 24, 2020

B&H Petroleum Equipment Company of Mankato, owned by Stargate Inc., has paid a $15,000 civil penalty to the MPCA for a series of underground storage tank violations.

MPCA conducts environmental review of proposed 5.4 million gallon asphalt-storage facility in Inver Grove Heights Thursday, July 23, 2020

The MPCA released its environmental assessment worksheet for a proposed 5.4 million gallon asphalt cement storage facility in southern Inver Grove Heights.

Kerry Inc. pays $11,350 for air quality violations at Rochester plant Thursday, July 23, 2020

Kerry Inc., a maker of food ingredients and flavors, paid an $11,350 civil penalty to the MPCA for a series of air-quality violations at its facility in Rochester. 

MPCA conducts environmental assessment of proposed LJP Enterprises expansion in North Mankato Wednesday, July 22, 2020

According to a newly released Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) environmental assessment worksheet (EAW), LJP Enterprises of North Mankato LLC is proposing to double its capacity to process source-separated industrial waste, including non-recyclable plastics and wood, using a new shredder at their existing solid-waste transfer station.

Obsolete munitions to be detonated at Camp Ripley on July 22 Tuesday, July 21, 2020

If you live in the Brainerd Lakes or Little Falls areas and hear explosions on Wednesday, don’t be alarmed. An Air Force Reserve Unit from the Twin Cities will be detonating some old munitions at Camp Ripley, located at 15000 Highway 115 in Little Falls.

MPCA releases environmental review, draft permit for proposed 16,300-head swine feedlot in Norman County Monday, July 20, 2020

The MPCA released its draft permit and an environmental assessment worksheet for Barrick Family Farms’ proposed swine facility in Norman County, about four miles east of Lockhart.