News Releases: July 2020

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.

Protect yourself and your pets from harmful algae blooms this summer Friday, July 10, 2020

The MPCA is asking people to be on the lookout for harmful algae blooms on lakes and rivers around the state, which can be harmful to both people and animals.

Air Quality alert issued due to ozone for Friday, July 3, for east-central and southeast Minnesota Monday, July 6, 2020

The MPCA issued an air quality alert for east-central and southeast Minnesota, effective Friday, July 3, from 12 p.m. through 8 p.m.

Koda Energy to pay $20,000 for air quality violations at biomass energy facility in Shakopee Thursday, July 2, 2020

Koda Energy, LLC, has agreed to pay a $20,000 civil penalty to the MPCA for a series of air-emission violations, dating back to 2017, at its biomass energy generation facility in Shakopee.

Cummins Power Generation, Inc. has paid $10,278 for air quality violations at generator production facility in Fridley Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Cummins Power Generation, Inc., has paid a $10,278 civil penalty to the MPCA for a series of air quality violations at its facility in Fridley.