News releases

MPCA draft PolyMet NorthMet Project permits open for public comment Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The public comment period is open Wednesday, Jan. 31 through Mar. 16, 2018.

MPCA completes 59 enforcement cases in fourth quarter of 2017; 185 cases in all of 2017 Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Penalties from all 59 cases totaled just over $450,000.

Heron Lake ethanol plant reduces emissions of hazardous air pollutants Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Heron Lake BioEnergy replaced existing equipment to burn off HAPs in its industrial exhaust, has agreed to ensure future compliance with emission limits, and paid a $63,500 penalty.

Traveling exhibit at the state Capitol celebrates water in Minnesota Friday, January 12, 2018

The exhibit employs a variety of multimedia and hands-on displays to both inform viewers and celebrate the role of water in what makes Minnesota such a special place, and will reside in the State Capitol’s ground-level East Corridor through March 9.

MPCA proposes to deny Minntac water permit variance application; comments sought at public hearing Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The hearing is scheduled for Jan. 23, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Mountain Iron Community Center, Iroquois Room, 8586 Enterprise Drive South, Mountain Iron, Minn.

Open for comment: Environmental review of proposed hog lot in Waseca County Monday, December 11, 2017

The new facility would consist of two total-confinement barns, a manure storage pit, a building for composting carcasses, a permanent stormwater pond, and a well for employee use and livestock watering.

Solid waste transfer and recycling station in Blaine looks to increase capacity Monday, December 11, 2017

Walters Recycling and Refuse Inc. is currently allowed to process 99,000 tons per year of municipal and industrial solid waste, and construction and demolition debris at its facility, and would like to increase the amount it is allowed to process to 140,000 tons per year.

Nine smart salting tips that protect Minnesota waters Tuesday, December 5, 2017

We scatter an estimated 365,000 tons of salt in the metro area each year — but it only takes a teaspoon of salt to permanently pollute five gallons of water.

MPCA office in Willmar to close permanently on December 8 Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Other MPCA regional offices are located in Duluth, Brainerd, Detroit Lakes, Mankato, and Rochester.

Sugar processor to pay fine for odor problems and other environmental issues Tuesday, November 21, 2017

American Crystal Sugar Company has agreed to pay a fine and take steps to prevent hydrogen sulfide emissions at facilities in East Grand Forks and Crookston, following an enforcement action by the MPCA.

Environmental review is underway for two Nobles County hog farms Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Environmental review is underway for two new hog farms in Nobles County. Brothers Nick and Andy Henning each plan to build two barns for 4,800 finishing hogs north of Worthington in Graham Lakes and Bloom townships, respectively.

MPCA releases draft environmental review for Swift County dairy Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Riverview Farms plans to build a large dairy about six miles southwest of Benson in Section 6 of Swenoda Township, Swift County. The public may submit written comments on the Swenoda Dairy Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) until 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 20, 2017.

Hog facility planned in Traverse County; environmental review underway Monday, November 13, 2017

The project will include one total confinement barn for up to 8,700 hogs with a 10-foot deep concrete liquid manure storage area, an animal composting building, an office, a workshop, three permanent stormwater ponds, three water wells and employee housing.

Twin Cities scrap metal recycler penalized for polluting Hennepin County creek Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Metro Metals Corporation agreed to pay a $20,000 penalty and complete eight compliance actions as part of an industrial stormwater and hazardous waste enforcement agreement.

MPCA completes 31 enforcement cases in third quarter of 2017 Friday, October 27, 2017

Penalties from all 31 cases totaled just over $170,000.

Three industrial slips in Duluth harbor are now closer to completion Thursday, October 26, 2017

At a combined estimated $9.9 million cost to complete the process from design through construction, the selected remedies now move into the design phase.

Le Sueur egg-washing facility fined for wastewater violations Thursday, October 19, 2017

The facility, which is used to wash freshly laid eggs, generates about 6,000 gallons of wastewater a day.

2018 Impaired waters list: Success stories surfacing for Minnesota lakes, streams Wednesday, October 11, 2017

As Minnesota continues its statewide checkup of waters and lists those failing to meet standards, some good examples of protective and restorative work are starting to surface.

Most waters in Missouri River basin fail to support fishing and swimming; restoration needed Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Stream bank erosion and stormwater runoff degrade water quality with sediment that clouds the water, excess nutrients that grow algae, and bacteria that can make the water unsafe for swimming.

Minnesota River continues to suffer in water quality despite some improvements Monday, October 2, 2017

There is more to do if Minnesota’s namesake river is to meet water quality standards designed to protect river life and recreation.

MPCA reminder: tampering with pollution control systems is illegal Thursday, September 21, 2017

The MPCA recently sent letters to repair shops and car and truck dealers advising them of their obligation under the law to not modify vehicle pollution control systems nor sell vehicles with tampered systems.

Air quality alert issued due to ozone for Friday, Sept. 15th Thursday, September 14, 2017

The affected area includes the entire Twin Cities metro, Marshall, Rochester, St. Cloud and the Tribal Nation of Upper Sioux.

Air quality alert issued due to ozone for Thursday, Sept. 14th Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The affected area includes the Twin Cities Metro, Saint Cloud, Hinckley and the Tribal Nation of Mille Lacs.

Studies on Zumbro River watershed: Trout streams need protection, others need work Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Some waters are in good shape while many need work in the Zumbro River watershed in southeastern Minnesota, according to recent studies by the MPCA, Zumbro Watershed Partnership and other partners.

MPCA releases its proposal for protecting wild rice from excess sulfide Monday, August 21, 2017

After years of research, data analysis, and consultation with tribes, the MPCA has released its proposed changes to Minnesota rules that are meant to protect wild rice from certain types of pollution.