News releases

Flint Hills Resources proposed refinery changes are open for public review Monday, December 22, 2014

The company has proposed two projects at its refinery in Rosemount — a natural-gas based, combined heat and power cogeneration facility and a clean fuels project.

Public meeting scheduled for proposed permit for new U of M steam plant Monday, December 22, 2014

The proposed system will use natural gas as primary fuel, and will replace two coal fired boilers.

Celebrating a landmark environmental law: Closed Landfill Program marks two decades of success Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Twenty years ago, there were more than 100 closed, state-permitted landfills across the state that had accepted garbage, and many of them were contaminating drinking water and generating explosive methane gas.

For the sake of our lakes, keep your pavement on a low-salt diet Monday, December 15, 2014

It is estimated that we toss more than 350,000 tons of salt on the metro area roads, parking lots and sidewalks annually.

Southern half of Minnesota under air pollution advisory Thursday, December 11, 2014

AQI levels will be in the upper moderate range, with hourly AQI readings reaching levels considered unhealthy for sensitive groups at times.

Corn Plus ethanol plant to correct air permit, noise violations Wednesday, December 10, 2014

In addition to correcting the identified violations, the company has paid a $25,000 penalty.

Air quality violation found in North Minneapolis Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The violation was detected by an air monitoring station near the Lowry Avenue bridge on the west bank of the Mississippi River.

MPCA seeks comments on water quality improvement report for Sauk River Chain of Lakes Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The MPCA will be accepting comments on the report through Dec. 26.

MPCA seeks comments on restoration/protection report for the Crow Wing River Watershed Friday, November 21, 2014

The MPCA is accepting comments on the Crow Wing River report until Dec. 11.

Tiller Corporation penalized for air-quality violations Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has penalized the Tiller Corporation, which operates a processing and shipment center for silica sand in North Branch, Minn. for multiple violations of the facility’s air quality permit.

Barrel O’ Fun pays penalty in response to odor problems from wastewater Wednesday, November 19, 2014

As a result of an investigation by the MPCA, a Perham snack producer, Barrel O’ Fun Snack Foods, is more effectively treating its wastewater before sending it to the city wastewater treatment facility.

MPCA completes 65 enforcement cases in third quarter of 2014 Thursday, November 13, 2014

In its ongoing efforts to promote environmental compliance, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency concluded 65 enforcement cases in 37 counties throughout Minnesota during the third quarter of 2014.  Penalties from all 65 cases totaled $281,960.

Minneapolis home builder penalized for stormwater violations Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Jason Miller of Minneapolis has paid a fine and taken corrective actions as a result of construction stormwater violations at The Bluffs of Candy Cove, a two-acre residential development near Prior Lake, Minn.

Northshore Mining draft permit public meeting scheduled Wednesday, November 5, 2014

On Nov. 18, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) staff will provide information and take comments about Northshore Mining’s draft air permit proposal to modify two boilers and greatly reduce the facility’s permitted nitrogen oxide emissions.

MPCA releases draft WLSSD wastewater permit Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has released a draft of the wastewater permit for the Western Lake Sanitary Sewer District. 

MPCA Citizens’ Board to consider environmental impact study for Wright County landfill Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Citizens’ Board will consider the adequacy of the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a proposal to construct a new disposal area at the Advanced Disposal Rolling Hills landfill in Wright County. 

MPCA releases environmental assessment on heating/power facility at U of M Monday, October 27, 2014

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) invites the public to review and comment on an environmental review document for a combined heat and power facility at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. Comments are being accepted through November 26.

Study lays out water protection needs in the Sunrise River Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A new report by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and local groups in the Sunrise River watershed recommends action to restore several water bodies in the watershed and protect those in good health.

Public meetings planned on water quality in St. Clair Lake Monday, October 20, 2014

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) will host two meetings on Oct. 23 to share information about a water quality study and plans for reducing phosphorous levels in St. Clair Lake.

MPCA releases environmental assessment on improvements to Eagan wastewater infrastructure Monday, October 13, 2014

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) invites the public to review and comment on an Environmental Assessment Worksheet for wastewater infrastructure improvements at a Metropolitan Council site in Eagan. 

MPCA seeks comments on restoration/protection, water quality reports for Mississippi River-St. Cloud Watershed Monday, October 13, 2014

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is seeking comments on a watershed restoration and protection report and a water quality report for the Mississippi River-St. Cloud Watershed.

MPCA seeks comments on restoration/protection report for North Fork Crow River Watershed Monday, October 13, 2014

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is seeking comments on a watershed restoration and protection report for the North Fork Crow River Watershed.

Jordan Transformer penalized for air quality violations Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has penalized Jordan Transformer, which repairs and refurbishes industrial electrical transformers in Jordan, Minn. for operating without a required air quality permit that regulates emissions of air pollutants.  

MPCA to host public meeting Oct. 9 on state wastewater permit for Jordan Sands in Mankato area Monday, September 29, 2014

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) invites the public to an informational meeting Oct. 9, 2014 on the draft state wastewater discharge permit for a proposal by the Jordan Sands Company to mine silica sand at an existing quarry near Mankato.

Dayton declares SepticSmart week: time to prevent Jack Frost from nipping at your septic system Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has declared Sept. 22-28 SepticSmart week. According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), now is a good time for families to make sure their septic systems are ready for winter.