News releases

For the love of water, become a volunteer monitor today Monday, April 13, 2015

Volunteer monitoring programs give Minnesotans the opportunity to participate in the long-term protection of lakes and streams by collecting valuable information the state will use to make decisions to maintain and improve the health of our waters.

MNDOT cited for stormwater violations on Highway 53 improvement project Friday, April 10, 2015

In addition to correcting the identified problems, MnDOT paid a $31,380 civil penalty.

MPCA seeks comments on revised water quality standard for Spring Lake in Scott County Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The proposed water quality target is specific to this lake, and is meant to address problematic levels of nutrients — specifically phosphorus.

MPCA seeks comments on water quality report for Buffalo River Watershed Monday, April 6, 2015

Comments on the report are being accepted through April 29, 2015.

Comments invited on strategies for restoring waters in Le Sueur River area Monday, April 6, 2015

The reports are open for comment through April 29.

Pioneer Metal Finishing LLC cited for violations of hazardous waste rules Thursday, April 2, 2015

In addition to correcting the identified problems, the company has agreed to pay a $45,000 civil penalty.

Three northeast Minnesota water quality reports offer good news for outdoor enthusiasts Monday, March 30, 2015

Water quality in two northeastern Minnesota watersheds is considered outstanding, and in a third, many streams have exceptionally high water quality.

Media availability today: Proposed approach for protecting wild rice from excess sulfate Tuesday, March 24, 2015

If you can’t attend in person, those interested can call in to the media availability session.

Lack of permits a foul for sporting goods manufacturer Monday, March 16, 2015

Under an agreement with the MPCA, Rawlings Sporting Goods Co. Inc. must establish recordkeeping for its air emissions permit and pay a $78,000 penalty to the state.

Duluth's U.S. Steel Superfund site informational meeting set for March 16 Thursday, March 5, 2015

MPCA staff will discuss the site’s past, recent and upcoming remediation activities on land and in the St. Louis River.

MPCA seeks comment on environmental assessment of wastewater treatment system for Afton Monday, March 2, 2015

A 30-day comment period will end April 1, 2015.

Despatch Industries penalized for air quality violations Wednesday, February 25, 2015

To resolve the violations, the company agreed to pay a $95,000 civil penalty.

United Taconite draft permit public meeting scheduled Monday, February 23, 2015

The draft air permit would authorize the facility to replace particulate (dust) emission control equipment and incorporate a plan to track and calculate mercury emissions.

MPCA opens grant for heavy-duty diesel upgrades; deadline 3/31/15 Friday, February 20, 2015

MPCA has $150,000 in federal grant funding for installing pollution controls and idle reduction devices; or for replacing engines, vehicles, or equipment.

MPCA solicits comments on proposal to remove parts of 2 sites from state Superfund list Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The agency wants to “delist” parts of two brownfield sites, and that will facilitate redevelopment at both of them

Permit for large feedlots open for public comment Monday, February 9, 2015

The draft general permit will be open for public review and comment through March 11, 2015.

Prior Lake sewer expansion is open for public review Friday, February 6, 2015

The Environmental Assessment Worksheet for the proposed extension is available for public comment through March 4, 2015.

Minnesota leads the nation in pollution prevention Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Minnesota businesses are the best in the United States at reducing or eliminating some dangerous pollutants, according to a recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report.

Comments sought for report on water pollution in St. Clair Lake Monday, January 26, 2015

The report is open for review and comment through Feb. 19.

MPCA completes 58 enforcement cases in fourth quarter of 2014; 251 cases in all of 2014 Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Penalties from all 58 cases totaled $469,815.

City of Hastings and Max Steininger Inc. are penalized for stormwater violations Friday, January 16, 2015

In addition to correcting identified problems, the city and its contractor have been assessed a $40,000 penalty.

Carl Bolander and Sons Construction Co. is penalized for stormwater violations Thursday, January 15, 2015

In addition to correcting the identified problems, the company also paid a $29, 385 penalty.

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency sets a new Guinness World Record Monday, December 29, 2014

The MPCA is now a Guinness World Records title holder, having successfully set a record for the largest paper ball.

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.