News Releases: January 2017

MPCA completes 43 enforcement cases in fourth quarter of 2016; 146 cases in all of 2016 Thursday, January 26, 2017

In all of 2016, the MPCA completed 146 cases, totaling $1,173,948 in penalties.

Upper Mississippi River: What to protect, what to fix Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The upper Mississippi River is in great shape until pollutants flow in from farmland and cities — by the time it reaches Minneapolis, it no longer meets water quality standards for river life and recreation.

Environmental review of proposed Bushmills expansion available for comment through Feb. 8 Monday, January 9, 2017

The amount of corn processed at the plant would increase from 25 million to 38.5 million bushels per year, and water use from 216 to 225 million gallons per year.

Enviro-Chem Inc. cited for violating air permits Friday, January 6, 2017

The company has made corrections and agreed to pay a $26,000 civil penalty.

MPCA seeks comments on asphalt storage facility in Dakota County Thursday, January 5, 2017

The project includes the installation of eight aboveground storage tanks, a rail spur, and equipment to load, store, blend and unload asphalt cement.

Public meeting set for Jan. 12 on proposed hog facility expansions near St. Charles Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The MPCA will hold a public information meeting on the Holden Farms proposal Thursday, Jan. 12, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the St. Charles Community Center in St. Charles.

MPCA extends comment period on water quality report for three Osakis-area lakes Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The report identifies agricultural runoff as the main source of phosphorus loading to these lakes — other sources include failing septic systems and roadway runoff.