News releases

Comments invited on draft Nemadji River watershed reports Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The MPCA and partners found mixed water quality test results for 30 waterbodies in northern Minnesota’s Nemadji River watershed.

Open for comment: water quality report for Long Prairie River watershed Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy report is open for public review and comment through March 15, 2017.

Minnesota Slip cleanup one step closer to completion Monday, February 13, 2017

The selected remedy will cost an estimated $1.6 million to complete, and caps the leveled, contaminated sediment within the Minnesota Slip.

New Ulm Public Safety and MPCA responding to mercury spill Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Mercury requires special cleanup because sweeping or vacuuming it can actually increase the risks.

MPCA reaches settlement with Hibbing aircraft refinisher on air-quality violations Monday, February 6, 2017

The company agreed to correct the violations and will pay a $25,000 civil penalty.

MPCA completes 43 enforcement cases in fourth quarter of 2016; 146 cases in all of 2016 Thursday, January 26, 2017

In all of 2016, the MPCA completed 146 cases, totaling $1,173,948 in penalties.

Upper Mississippi River: What to protect, what to fix Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The upper Mississippi River is in great shape until pollutants flow in from farmland and cities — by the time it reaches Minneapolis, it no longer meets water quality standards for river life and recreation.

Environmental review of proposed Bushmills expansion available for comment through Feb. 8 Monday, January 9, 2017

The amount of corn processed at the plant would increase from 25 million to 38.5 million bushels per year, and water use from 216 to 225 million gallons per year.

Enviro-Chem Inc. cited for violating air permits Friday, January 6, 2017

The company has made corrections and agreed to pay a $26,000 civil penalty.

MPCA seeks comments on asphalt storage facility in Dakota County Thursday, January 5, 2017

The project includes the installation of eight aboveground storage tanks, a rail spur, and equipment to load, store, blend and unload asphalt cement.

Public meeting set for Jan. 12 on proposed hog facility expansions near St. Charles Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The MPCA will hold a public information meeting on the Holden Farms proposal Thursday, Jan. 12, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the St. Charles Community Center in St. Charles.

MPCA extends comment period on water quality report for three Osakis-area lakes Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The report identifies agricultural runoff as the main source of phosphorus loading to these lakes — other sources include failing septic systems and roadway runoff.

MPCA seeks comments on proposed expansion of Jordan’s sanitary sewer system Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The sewer interceptor line will have a 13.1 million gallons a day capacity, which accounts for both current and future needs.

MPCA responds to concerns about proposed hog farm near Zumbrota Monday, December 19, 2016

Following public comments and before a public meeting Dec. 12 in Zumbrota, MPCA staff revised the EAW for a proposed large hog farm.

MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed dairy in Wilkin County Monday, December 19, 2016

Up to 8,674 Jersey milk cows and 1,180 heifers would be housed in a cross-ventilated, free-stall barn.

MPCA to host public meetings Jan. 12 and 26, for Mississippi Headwaters water quality projects Friday, December 16, 2016

The meetings are scheduled for Jan. 12 in Bemidji and Jan. 26 in Cohasset.

10 smart salting tips that protect Minnesota waters Monday, December 12, 2016

It is estimated that we toss more than 350,000 tons of salt on the metro area roads annually.

Comments sought on draft report about water pollution in Lake Winona Thursday, December 8, 2016

A public meeting will be held to discuss the report Friday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. in the Douglas County Public Works building at 526 Willow Drive in Alexandria.

MPCA seeks comments on water quality improvement report for three Osakis-area lakes Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The report identifies agricultural runoff as the main source of phosphorus loading to these lakes.

MPCA seeks comments on ash processing facility in Goodhue County Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The facility would process ash from Xcel Energy’s generating plant and ash landfill for the purpose of recovering metals.

MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed dairy in Chippewa County Monday, December 5, 2016

Up to 8,674 Jersey milk cows and 1,180 heifers will be housed in a cross-ventilated, free-stall barn with the manure and waste water collected and stored in earthen basins with impermeable covers.

MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed hog feedlot in Swift County Thursday, November 17, 2016

Spring Valley Farms plans to add a second, 2,100-head finishing barn at The Pit Stop farm in Section 4 of Fairfield Township, increasing to a total of 4,200 head.

MPCA Offers $400,000 in grants to clean up old diesel engines Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The MPCA encourages owners of older, heavy-duty diesel engines to apply for new grant funding to upgrade or swap out their dirty old engines for modern ones that pollute far less.

Open for comment: St. Louis River aquatic habitat restoration project Monday, November 14, 2016

The MPCA invites comments through Dec. 14 about a proposal to restore more than 300 acres of aquatic habitat in Duluth’s St. Louis Bay.

MPCA completes 37 enforcement cases in third quarter of 2016 Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Penalties from all 37 cases totaled just under $275,000.