News Releases: August 2016

Court orders Northern Metals to shut down part of its North Minneapolis operations Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Parts of the facility must be idled beginning on Sept. 2, 2016, and cannot be used until the MPCA either issues a modified air permit for the facility or the company proves to the agency that it does not cause or contribute to the ongoing air quality violations in the area.

MPCA extends comment period for draft 2016 impaired waters list Monday, August 29, 2016

The extension means the agency will now accept written comments through Sept. 30, 2016.

Comments invited on report to restore and protect waters in Redeye River watershed Monday, August 29, 2016

The report is open for public review and comment through Sept. 28, 2016.

Multiple enforcement actions lead to settlement between MPCA and Isanti biodiesel facility Monday, August 15, 2016

Violations included improper storage of hazardous materials, generating hazardous waste without a license and mismanaging hazardous waste, failing to properly inspect and maintain equipment, and operating their facilities without the required industrial wastewater and stormwater permits.

Al-Corn ethanol plant expansion proposal open for public comment Monday, August 15, 2016

The proposed expansion would increase plant production from 50 million to 130 million gallons per year of 200-proof ethanol.

Test results: Potential for harmful algae in Beaver Lake Thursday, August 11, 2016

While recent rain may have dispersed the bloom in Beaver Lake, people should still look for sludge or other matter on the water surface and shoreland.

Comments sought on Minnesota Slip’s contaminated sediment clean-up alternatives Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The MPCA, city of Duluth, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staff will be on hand to answer questions about the slip’s projects, sediment cleanup alternatives, timelines and next steps.

Nine dust emission events impacted Iron Range residents Tuesday, August 9, 2016

U.S. Steel Corporation has agreed to pay a $49,500 penalty as part of a settlement for nine state air quality violations adjacent to its taconite facility near Keewatin.

MPCA seeks comments on water quality strategy for Chippewa River Watershed Monday, August 8, 2016

The Chippewa River Watershed includes portions of Otter Tail, Grant, Douglas, Stevens, Pope, Swift, Kandiyohi, Chippewa counties, and a very small portion of Stearns.

Open for comment: Environmental review for proposed hog expansion in Faribault County Monday, August 8, 2016

The proposed expansion would double the number of finishing hogs from 2,400 in one existing barn to a total of 4,800 in two barns.

Comments invited on report restoring Whitewater River, other tributaries to Mississippi at Winona Monday, August 1, 2016

The report is open for comment through Aug. 31, 2016