News releases

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.

MPCA requests comments on water quality improvement report for Rice Creek watershed Monday, September 22, 2014

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is seeking feedback on a draft water quality improvement report for seven lakes in the Rice Creek watershed. Public comments will be accepted through October 21, 2014.

MPCA requires industrial stormwater permit coverage for municipally-owned industrial activities Friday, September 19, 2014

A newly-re-issued industrial stormwater permit may affect municipally-owned industrial facilities that need to apply or re-apply for permit coverage on or before October 5, 2014.

MPCA asks for comments on proposed addition of ethanol storage tank at Heartland Corn Products Monday, September 15, 2014

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is inviting public comment on an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for the proposed addition of an above-ground storage tank at Heartland Corn Products. The 30-day comment period will end Oct. 15, 2014.

Minnesota continues nation-leading effort to reduce mercury to protect Minnesotans’ health Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has announced a new rule that will protect public health by reducing mercury emissions from taconite processing.

MPCA requests comments on environmental assessment of Elk River’s wastewater treatment expansion Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is inviting public comment on an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for the City of Elk River’s wastewater treatment expansion and improvements. The 30-day comment period will end Oct. 1, 2014.

MPCA penalizes St. Paul Park Refining for endangering the Mississippi River with benzene Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has fined St. Paul Park Refining Co. for failing to properly treat, store and dispose of benzene-containing wastewater at its refinery in St. Paul Park.

What's new with the Eco Experience in 2014? Monday, August 18, 2014

The Minnesota State Fair’s history in agriculture, arts, innovation, and youth projects is kept alive in the fair’s environmentally themed building, the Eco Experience.

Comments sought on draft report about water pollution in Pomme de Terre River watershed Monday, August 18, 2014

A draft report about water pollution in portions of the Pomme de Terre River watershed in west-central Minnesota is open for public review and comment from Aug. 18 through Sept. 17.

MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed hog feedlot in Blue Earth County Monday, August 18, 2014

Troy Phillips of rural Janesville is proposing to build a hog feedlot southeast of Mankato. The feedlot would consist of two total-confinement barns, each with 2,400 hogs. Manure would be stored in reinforced concrete pits under each barn.

Study: Except for bacteria in some creeks, Lake Pepin tributaries are in good shape Friday, August 15, 2014

While many streams flowing to Lake Pepin in southeastern Minnesota offer high water quality and need protection, a handful of trout streams need reductions in bacteria levels, according to a study by local partners and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).

Inspiring kids to love nature: Visit the Nature Adventure play yard at Eco Experience Friday, August 15, 2014

Inspiring kids to love nature is the best way to encourage them to protect our environment and teach them to be part of something bigger than themselves.

We Can all #BeeMNnice at Eco Experience! Thursday, August 14, 2014

Come learn all about pollinators and view our beautiful gardens and displays, right in the front yard of Eco Experience!

What do local assets, tree planting and photos from Minnesotans have in common? Find out at Eco Experience Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Minnesota’s climate is changing. At this year’s Eco Experience  find out how Minnesotans are adapting to the changing climate and what they are doing to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to ensure climate change remains manageable in the future.

Teslas and tire pressure: What's new in air quality in Minnesota? Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Discover how day-to-day actions can improve the air we breathe at this year’s Eco Experience at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair.

Water quality improvement report drafted for North Fork Crow River watershed Monday, August 11, 2014

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is seeking comments on a water quality improvement report for the North Fork Crow River watershed. 

What do Sara's Tipsy Pies and Peace Coffee have in common? Find out at Eco Experience! Friday, August 8, 2014

You can’t have a great Minnesota get-together without food! The Eco Experience tells the story behind the best locally grown and produced food at the Healthy Local Foods Exhibit, presented by Renewing the Countryside.

MPCA urges Minnesota businesses to apply for industrial stormwater permit Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A newly-re-issued industrial stormwater permit may affect thousands of businesses and organizations that need to apply or re-apply for permit coverage.

See the World's Largest Wad of Paper at the Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Look at your trash from a new perspective. Stop by the Eco Experience and learn a few behavior changes that can resonate with your readers, listeners and viewers. This behavior change could lead to less trash in our landfills and more resources for Minnesota companies.