News releases

MPCA releases draft permit, additional environmental review for Daley Farms expansion in Winona County Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) today released its draft permit and estimated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the proposed Daley Farms expansion in Winona County.

Water Gremlin to restart VOC operations under certain conditions Friday, January 17, 2020

MPCA continues to hold Water Gremlin accountable to permit and administrative order requirements

Minnesota lakes and streams need a low-salt diet Wednesday, January 15, 2020

We scatter an estimated 445,000 tons of chloride-laden salt in Minnesota each year. More than 70 percent of that mixes with stormwater and ends up in our lakes, rivers, and streams, where it is toxic to fish and other aquatic life.

MPCA continues work to remediate nearly 80,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment in Duluth harbor Tuesday, January 7, 2020

MPCA is requesting public comments on the environmental review for the proposed Azcon/DSPA and AGP/Northland Slips cleanup.

Southeast corner of Minnesota: Watersheds in good shape though some work needed Monday, December 30, 2019

The majority of streams in the Minnesota portions of the Upper Iowa River and Mississippi River-Reno watersheds meet water quality standards, according to new studies by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).

More water-protection practices needed to restore Wapsipinicon River in southeast Minnesota Monday, December 16, 2019

The MPCA is recommending strategies for improving water quality in the Upper Wapsipinicon River Watershed.

Oronoco, the largest unsewered city in Minnesota, to build wastewater treatment facility Thursday, November 21, 2019

The proposed system would replace individual and community sewage treatment systems, many of which are failing to protect groundwater, do not meet setback requirements, and/or have exceeded their life expectancy.

More than 580 waters added to the state's impaired waters list Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The MPCA added 581 new waterbodies with 728 new impairments to the state’s impaired waters list — bodies of water that do not meet water quality standards.

Water quality in the Lake of the Woods Watershed is generally good and needs protection Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Seven of the 22 stream segments studied showed low oxygen levels or excess sediment, which are conditions detrimental to fish and aquatic insects, and the west branch of the Warroad River exceeded water quality standards for E. coli bacteria.

Olmsted County plans to expand landfill capacity Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The 160-acre facility includes disposal areas for construction and demolition waste, municipal solid waste, and ash produced from the Olmsted Waste-to-Energy Facility and Mayo Clinic medical waste incinerator.

MPCA proposes new chloride requirements for managing stormwater Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The MPCA requests public comment on proposed modifications of the municipal stormwater general permit.

Water Gremlin failed to prevent hazardous waste contamination Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The new requirements were ordered after an MPCA investigation determined that Water Gremlin failed to comply with hazardous waste regulations that minimize the possibility of a release of hazardous waste at its White Bear Township facility.

MPCA begins designing remedies for three contaminated sites in the Duluth harbor Tuesday, November 5, 2019

After evaluating options and gathering public input, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has selected remedies for three contaminated sites on the Duluth waterfront. Engineers will now begin designing the projects.

Como Lube & Supplies to pay $50,000 in penalties for storage tank violations in Duluth Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Como Lube & Supplies, Inc., has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $50,000 to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) for violations related to operating and maintaining storage tanks at its Duluth facility.

Heartland Corn Products agrees to pay $53,000 for environmental violations in Winthrop Monday, October 28, 2019

Heartland Corn Products, an ethanol producer in Winthrop, has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $53,000 to the MPCA for a variety of environmental violations at its facility in Winthrop.

New reports highlight opportunities in agriculture to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 10 percent Friday, October 25, 2019

Two new reports from the MPCA and the Board of Water and Soil Resources highlight agricultural conservation practices that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Minnesota, while also protecting water quality and soil health.

MPCA emphasizes proper manure management during a wet fall application season Thursday, October 24, 2019

After crops are harvested, Minnesota livestock producers will be applying billions of gallons or pounds of stored manure to cropland. Wet weather is complicating the harvest, but it also plays a role in proper manure management

Lubrication Technologies in Roseville to pay more than $61,000 for storage tank violations Tuesday, October 22, 2019

The company has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $61,680 to the MPCA for violations related to operating and maintaining storage tanks and piping at its Roseville facility.

MPCA completes Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for Burnsville Sanitary Landfill expansion Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Burnsville Sanitary Landfill is currently permitted to hold 25.4 million cubic yards of mixed municipal solid waste, construction and demolition debris, and industrial waste.

MPCA to hold six community discussions on new clean car standards Monday, October 7, 2019

Proposed standards would address Minnesota’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases

MPCA acts to preserve authority over Line 3 replacement project Friday, September 27, 2019

The MPCA informed the company that it is unable to issue a 401 Certification in light of a recent Court of Appeals decision and because additional information is needed to ensure compliance with water quality standards.

MPCA holds Northern Metal Recycling accountable for false emissions reporting and violating the public’s trust Monday, September 23, 2019

Under the settlement, Northern Metal Recycling admitted it submitted inaccurate emissions records to the MPCA and will permanently shut down its Minneapolis shredder operations by 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019.

MPCA announces $1.5 million in new grant funding for heavy-duty electric vehicle and equipment purchases to address climate and air quality Monday, September 23, 2019

The MPCA is offering up to $1.5 million to help businesses, communities, and organizations purchase new all-electric vehicles or equipment to replace diesel models.

On tour: Clean Water Council and legislators to visit water quality projects in southeast Minnesota Friday, September 13, 2019

Legislators will see how the Legacy Amendment is making a difference to water quality in southeast Minnesota when they come to Rochester and the surrounding area Sept. 15-16 for a tour.

MPCA starts review of Red Wing’s proposed modified waste processing facility Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The proposal would produce 250 tons per day of fuel for incineration off-site and install two systems in an existing building to recover materials and derive fuel from refuse.