News Releases: September 2020

Red River Basin waterways, damaged by land alterations and climate change, need restoring Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The MPCA has released reports on water-quality problems in the Roseau River and the Snake-Middle Rivers watersheds.

Owner of former SurTec plating business in Eveleth pays $19,325 for hazardous waste violations Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Martin Zuponcic (Cook, Minn.) has paid a $19,325 civil penalty to the MPCA for a series of hazardous waste violations at SurTec, Inc., a former chrome-plating business in Eveleth.

Central Bi-Products facilities fined $130,000 for wastewater violations Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Farmers Union Industries, LLC, has agreed to pay $130,000 for wastewater overflow and other violations at its Central Bi-Products rendering plants in Redwood Falls and Long Prairie.

MPCA releases first draft permit for Prairie River Minerals demonstration project Thursday, September 24, 2020

The MPCA today released its draft water-quality permit for the Prairie River Minerals demonstration project near Coleraine.

Worsening effects of climate change threaten Minnesota’s work to improve water quality Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The Environmental Quality Board’s 2020 State Water Plan and the MPCA's Nutrient Reduction Strategy Progress Update call for collaboration, action, and integrating climate change mitigation and adaptability into all levels of water planning.

During Minnesota’s Climate Week, MPCA highlights growing challenges and solutions through digital initiatives Monday, September 21, 2020

Every day, Minnesotans are experiencing the adverse effects of climate change. As part of Climate Week in Minnesota, the MPCA launched two digital initiatives to draw attention to climate issues: Our Minnesota Climate, a new interagency website about the state’s integrated climate initiatives, and a social media campaign about the effects of climate change happening across Minnesota here and now.

New water quality reports: Phosphorus and bacteria are top challenges in Mississippi River-Sartell Area Watershed Tuesday, September 15, 2020

According to new draft reports released by the MPCA, surface waters in the Mississippi River – Sartell Watershed are in fair condition, but phosphorus and E. coli pollution are threatening aquatic life and recreation in several streams and lakes.

Koda Energy pays $13,600 for air quality violations at Shakopee biomass energy facility Monday, September 14, 2020

Koda Energy LLC has paid a $13,600 civil penalty to the MPCA for a series of air-emission violations at its biomass energy generation facility in Shakopee.

MPCA, DNR announce recommendations to protect East Metro’s drinking water from PFAS contamination Thursday, September 10, 2020

The MPCA and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced a $700 million drinking water protection plan for the Twin Cities East Metropolitan Area.

MPCA extends public comment period for Waukon Dairy in Norman County Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The MPCA has granted a 30-day extension for comments on a proposed dairy operation in Norman County to allow additional public review of information related to groundwater availability.