News releases

MPCA seeks public comment on Munger Landing and Mud Lake West cleanup within the St. Louis River Area of Concern Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Aug. 22 meeting, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Gary New Duluth Community Center, offers the public a chance to review cleanup options, ranging from no action to full removal of contaminated sediments above cleanup levels.

Environmental review of proposed hog feedlot in Murray County open for public comment Monday, August 12, 2019

The public is invited to weigh in on any environmental issues or concerns by Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Widespread changes needed to improve water quality in Minnesota River Basin Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Changes in water and land management are needed across the Minnesota River Basin to improve water quality in the state’s namesake river, as well as streams and lakes throughout the 10 million acres of the basin, according to four studies released today by the MPCA and local partners.

Sediment, phosphorus, and bacteria are big problems for water quality in the Lower Minnesota River watershed Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Many lakes and streams in the Lower Minnesota River Watershed are not meeting water quality standards, according to a new report from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).

Improving Watonwan River water quality hinges on land use practices that reduce soil, fertilizer loss Tuesday, July 23, 2019

New reports from the MPCA detail causes of water pollution in the Watonwan River Watershed, ways to improve water quality, and how landowners are involved. The reports are open for public comment through September 20.

Carving a path from polluted to more picturesque in the Minnesota River-Mankato Watershed Tuesday, July 23, 2019

A new MPCA report on the Minnesota River-Mankato Watershed details the causes of water pollution in the watershed, ways to improve water quality, and how landowners are involved. The report is open for public comment until September 20.

MPCA denies Northern Metal Recycling’s extension to continue operating its shredder in Minneapolis Thursday, July 18, 2019

The metal recycler had agreed in a Feb. 28, 2017, court settlement to cease shredding at the Minneapolis facility by Aug. 1, 2019.

Mississippi River-Grand Rapids Watershed has “very good” water quality Tuesday, July 16, 2019

According to new draft reports released by the MPCA, the Mississippi River – Grand Rapids Watershed has very good overall water quality, but forest protection is critical to preserving it.

Low flows, bacteria, suspended sediment hurting recreation in Red Lake River Watershed Tuesday, July 16, 2019

According to new draft reports released by the MPCA, there are 31 impairments for fish and aquatic insects and recreation in 19 reaches of the Red Lake River and its tributaries.

MPCA denies Water Gremlin’s extension for testing its pollution control equipment Friday, July 12, 2019

“Water Gremlin has had more than enough time to get its pollution control equipment fully operational and tested,” said MPCA Commissioner Laura Bishop.

MPCA seeks new community members for Environmental Justice Advisory Group Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The group's charter and application materials can be found on the MPCA’s Environmental Justice Advisory Group webpage.

MPCA to review environmental impacts of Burnsville Sanitary Landfill’s expansion proposal Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The expansion would increase the site's currently permitted capacity from 25.4 million cubic yards of mixed municipal solid waste, construction and demolition debris, and industrial waste to approximately 47 million cubic yards.

MPCA, DNR issue joint statement on Line 3 decision Tuesday, June 18, 2019

After reviewing the Minnesota Court of Appeals’ ruling regarding the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Line 3 project, the MPCA has determined the court’s decision has implications for how this work will proceed.

MPCA seeks public comments on proposed new hog feedlot in Waseca County Monday, June 17, 2019

It will have two confinement barns, a mortality composting building, a stormwater detention pond, and a new water well.

MPCA, city of Avon seek solutions to chloride in local wastewater Thursday, June 13, 2019

Chloride from de-icing salt and water softeners gets into lakes, streams and even groundwater, and once in the water, there is no easy way to remove it.

MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed hog feedlot expansion in Jackson County Thursday, June 13, 2019

The proposal would expand the number of pigs at the site from 2,400 to 4,800.

MPCA proposes clearer requirements for industrial stormwater management Monday, May 20, 2019

The permit applies to more than 4,000 businesses in Minnesota, including salvage yards and scrap recyclers, landfills, airports, trucking companies, food processors, and manufacturers.

MPCA needs nearly 700 volunteers to conduct water monitoring at high-priority sites Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The MPCA needs volunteers to measure water clarity in hundreds of streams — including 676 high-priority sites — and 2,857 lakes, then report back to the agency.

Comment sought on cleanup of the ponds behind Erie Pier Monday, April 8, 2019

These open bodies of water behind Duluth’s Erie Pier were the subject of a 2015 cleanup investigation.

MPCA recognizes wastewater facilities for operational excellence Thursday, April 4, 2019

In Minnesota, there are about 1,600 municipal and industrial wastewater treatment facilities.

Amid positive fish research, St. Louis River Area of Concern receives approval to remove impairment listing Monday, March 25, 2019

This accomplishment is another step toward the AOC’s entire delisting, which is targeted for 2025.

MPCA seeks comment on changes to wastewater infrastructure in Albertville Monday, March 18, 2019

The new pipe’s discharge point to the Mississippi River will be in Otsego.

Cedar River watershed: Keep the projects coming to keep reducing pollutants Monday, March 4, 2019

Because most of the land in this watershed is used for agriculture, that is where most of the strategies need to be implemented.

White Bear company to pay major penalty for release of hazardous air pollutant Friday, March 1, 2019

The company will pay a civil penalty of $4.5 million, take corrective actions at their site, conduct air monitoring for several years valued at roughly $1 million, and conduct two supplemental environmental projects valued at least $1.5 million.

Red River: Water quality concerns growing in river popular for recreation Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The Red River of the North, a popular recreation river, has a variety of challenges to its water quality, according to a newly released report from the MPCA.