News Releases: August 2020

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.