News Releases: May 2016

MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed hog feedlot in Waseca County Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Strobel Farms plans to build two new hog buildings in Alton Township in Waseca County. The new “finishing” barns will house up to 4,800 pigs.

MPCA beginning water quality monitoring field work in the Otter Tail River watershed Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The monitoring is designed to measure and evaluate the condition of rivers, streams, and ditches by studying the biology including fish and aquatic insects, as well as habitat, flow, and water chemistry.

Blue-green algae: If in doubt, stay out Thursday, May 26, 2016

While water enthusiasts and pets enjoy swimming and boating when the weather is calm and sunny, these conditions are also perfect for growing blue-green algae, which can be harmful to both people and animals.

Comments invited on reports on restoring Cannon River and tributaries Monday, May 23, 2016

The MPCA has released reports on protecting and restoring the Cannon River watershed, and is accepting comments on the reports through June 23.

State environmental officials call on Congress to respect states’ role in chemical safety Thursday, May 19, 2016

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner John Linc Stine joined state environmental officials from Connecticut, New York, New Hampshire, Vermont and Washington in calling on Congress to reconsider the language in a proposed bill to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976.

MPCA moves to shut down Minneapolis shredder Thursday, May 19, 2016

The facility, which operates a metal shredder at the site, is believed to be a primary source of particulate emissions that have repeatedly violated state air quality standards near the site since 2014, when the MPCA began operating air monitors near the facility.

Studies of water quality in Yellow Medicine River Watershed released; open for public comment Monday, May 16, 2016

The Yellow Medicine River WRAPS report and TMDL report are available for public comment through June 15.

MPCA and EPA reach $1.5 million settlement with sugar beet processor over water and air violations Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative has agreed to correct the violations and will pay more than $1.5 million in penalties.

MPCA proposes to add ten, delete one of state’s contaminated sites on Minnesota Superfund list Monday, May 9, 2016

The public is invited to comment on the proposed sites’ additions and deletion by June 10, 2016.

UPDATE: MPCA issues air pollution health alert for Twin Cities and parts of southern Minnesota Friday, May 6, 2016

The air pollution health alert and advisory will last until 10:00 p.m. Saturday night.

Environmental review of Morgan municipal waste water treatment project open for public comment Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The EAW, which describes potential impacts on land use, water quality and air quality, is open for public review and comment through May 31, 2016.

MPCA completes 22 enforcement cases in first quarter of 2016 Monday, May 2, 2016

Penalties from all 22 cases totaled just over $160,000.