News Releases: December 2020

U.S. Steel pays $17,550 penalty for wetland damage at its Keetac facility in Keewatin Wednesday, December 30, 2020

U.S. Steel’s Keetac facility in Keewatin has paid a $17,550 civil penalty to the MPCA for its failure to prevent sediment from washing into an adjacent wetland at Keetac’s facility on multiple occasions and failure to report the incidents in a timely manner.

Dispose of holiday greens and Christmas trees correctly to protect Minnesota’s urban and rural trees Monday, December 21, 2020

Holiday greenery brings joy and delight, but is there a humbug lurking in your décor? Trees and boughs can provide diseases and invasive species from out of state the perfect ride into our landscape.

Minnesota drives forward with clean car standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions Friday, December 18, 2020

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) today announced it is moving forward with the rulemaking process to adopt clean car emission standards, similar to those in 14 other states. The MPCA’s Notice of Intent to Adopt Rule will be published in the State Register on Monday, December 21, 2020.

Taracon Precast LLC in rural Clay County pays $18,435 penalty for sediment runoff; lack of required permits, stormwater controls Wednesday, December 16, 2020

The MPCA cited the business based on inspections conducted this past summer and after receiving a written complaint. In addition to the civil penalty, the business has completed several corrective actions, including designing a permanent stormwater treatment system for the site.

67 stream segments and 24 lakes in the Des Moines River Basin impaired for swimming and aquatic life Monday, December 7, 2020

MPCA, local partners identify recommendations to improve area water quality