News releases

Lakeside Foods in Owatonna pays $11,225 penalty for environmental violations Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Lakeside Foods, a producer of frozen and canned food products, has paid a civil penalty of $11,225 to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) for environmental violations at its Owatonna facility.

Spring Prairie in rural Clay County to pay $10,500 penalty for solid waste violations Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Spring Prairie Hutterian Brethren, Inc., a Hutterite colony near Hawley, has agreed to pay a $10,500 civil penalty to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) for violations related to stockpiling and burning solid waste on the community’s property in Clay County.

MPCA releases environmental review of proposed swine farm expansion in Nobles County Monday, June 15, 2020

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency today released its environmental assessment worksheet for the expansion of the Van Ede swine farm in Nobles County.

MPCA recognizes critical work and operation excellence of wastewater facilities Friday, June 12, 2020

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is recognizing 311 Minnesota wastewater treatment facilities for outstanding permit compliance for the period between October 2018 and September 2019.

Proposed new feedlot permit includes new water quality protections from land-applied manure Monday, June 8, 2020

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) today released its draft five-year feedlot general permit, which covers about 1,200 large feedlots in Minnesota.

MPCA grants contested case hearing on draft 401 water quality certification Wednesday, June 3, 2020

MPCA determines that petitions on water crossing methods and other issues meet the threshold for granting a hearing.

La Crescent area: Most streams meet standards for fish and other aquatic species Wednesday, June 3, 2020

The majority of streams in the Mississippi River-La Crescent Area Watershed meet water quality standards, according to new reports by the MPCA.

New reports: Mississippi River-Brainerd Watershed has good water quality overall, but many opportunities for improvement Tuesday, June 2, 2020

According to new draft reports by MPCA, the Mississippi River – Brainerd Area Watershed has a mix of good water quality that needs protecting, and lakes and streams with high levels of bacteria and do not meet fish and swim standards.

New MPCA grants aim to prevent wasted food and distribute food to those in need Thursday, May 21, 2020

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is looking to fund innovative programs and projects that prevent wasted food and/or help distribute it to people experiencing food insecurity, especially those in underrepresented communities.

MPCA announces GreenCorps host sites, opens applications for members Thursday, May 21, 2020

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is now accepting applications from community-focused individuals who’d like to become Minnesota GreenCorps members.

MPCA releases environmental review of proposed poultry farm in Meeker County Monday, May 11, 2020

The MPCA today released its environmental assessment worksheet for the proposed Forsman Farms, Inc. poultry farm in Meeker County.

MPCA grants aim to strengthen demand for recyclable materials Friday, May 8, 2020

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is now offering grants designed to help create a strong, sustainable market for recyclable materials.

Four community and business leaders join Clean Water Council Tuesday, May 5, 2020

The Clean Water Council is pleased to announce the appointment of four new council members, three appointed by Governor Walz and one by the Senate Republican Caucus.

MPCA reports good water quality and recommends protection strategies for Cloquet River Watershed Monday, May 4, 2020

The Cloquet River Watershed has very good overall water quality, and forest protection is critical to preserve it, according to a draft report recently released by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and local partners.

Partial delisting of Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant from state Superfund list Friday, May 1, 2020

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has removed soil and surface water at the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP) from the state’s Superfund list.

Proposed water quality standard in Rock River to protect crop land, foster economic development Monday, April 27, 2020

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has proposed site-specific water quality standards for salinity in the Rock River downstream from the City of Luverne’s wastewater treatment plant.

MPCA study: Lake Pepin close to meeting water-quality standard, more work needed upstream Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Lake Pepin in southeast Minnesota is close to meeting its custom water-quality standard designed to minimize algae, with more work needed upstream to meet the goal, according to a study recently released by the MPCA. 

Winnebago River Watershed: Practices and plans underway to restore water quality Monday, April 20, 2020

The Winnebago River Watershed in southern Minnesota faces several water quality challenges, but local partners have made significant progress in reducing pollutants and improving water quality.

MPCA extends Line 3 comment period, hosts three telephone town halls Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The MPCA is extending the public comment period for the Enbridge Line 3 project to Friday, April 10. The extended comment period will still allow the MPCA to review and respond to all public comments and meet the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s current August 15 deadline.

Public meetings on feedlot permit changes to be online March 31, April 2 Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Upcoming informational meetings to discuss revisions to the general operating permit for large feedlots will be online only.

Feedlot permit changes would benefit water quality in Minnesota Monday, March 9, 2020

Under proposed changes to operating permits for large livestock farms in Minnesota, waters will be more protected from nitrogen leaching and runoff from land application of manure, while feedlot owners will benefit from improved forms and online services.

MPCA selects contamination remedy for Munger Landing site in the St. Louis River estuary Friday, March 6, 2020

The MPCA has selected a cleanup remedy for the sediment contamination at Munger Landing in the St. Louis River Area of Concern, a collection of several contaminated sites in the St. Louis River and Duluth Harbor.

MPCA's draft permit, certification comment period for Enbridge Line 3 starts today Monday, March 2, 2020

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s (MPCA) comment period for the draft 401 water quality certification, draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System/State Disposal System wastewater permit, and draft capped air emission permit application for Enbridge’s Line 3 project started today.

Coming to a library near you: Exhibit on southeast Minnesota’s unique geology Friday, February 21, 2020

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) recently developed a traveling exhibit on the karst geology of southeastern Minnesota. It's available to libraries through the Minnesota State Library Service.

MPCA closes 109 enforcement cases in second half of 2019 Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) today announced it has concluded 109 enforcement cases in the second half of 2019.