News releases

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.

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.

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.

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.