News releases

Minnesota to invest another $400,000 to help companies expand recycling markets Monday, November 16, 2020

The MPCA is accepting applications for $400,000 in available grants to help Minnesota organizations increase their use of recycled materials.

MPCA releases draft minor amendment to Water Gremlin’s air permit Friday, November 13, 2020

The MPCA released a draft minor amendment to Water Gremlin’s air permit. Water Gremlin has proposed to convert one solvent-based coater to a non-solvent curing process using ultraviolet light.

MPCA requires stringent water quality requirements for Enbridge’s Line 3 project Thursday, November 12, 2020

The MPCA today issued its most stringent 401 water quality certification to date to Enbridge Energy for the Line 3 pipeline replacement project. In addition, the MPCA approved the capped air emissions and wastewater permit for Line 3.

MPCA to fund up to 22 new charging stations to make electric vehicles more convenient and climate-friendly Tuesday, November 10, 2020

The MPCA announced $170,000 in grants available to help install up to 22 additional dual-port electric vehicle (EV) Level 2 charging stations in public places and workplace locations.

MPCA a step closer on St. Louis River Area of Concern cleanup with Erie Pier Ponds Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The MPCA has completed another step towards the cleanup of the Ponds behind Erie Pier project, one of 11 MPCA remediation projects in the Duluth-Superior Harbor.

Northshore Mining seeks water quality certification from MPCA Monday, October 19, 2020

The MPCA today released a draft 401 water quality certification for Northshore Mining Company and is asking for public input on the draft certification.

Crown Cork & Seal pays $60,173 for air quality violations in Steele County Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Crown Cork & Seal, a company that makes packaging products, has agreed to pay a $60,173 civil penalty to the MPCA for air quality violations at its manufacturing facility in Owatonna.

River Country Cooperative pays $15,988 for petroleum storage tank violations in South St. Paul Wednesday, October 14, 2020

River Country Cooperative has paid a $15,988 civil penalty to the MPCA for petroleum storage tank violations at its facility in South St. Paul.

As nation marks Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, locals on guard to protect St. Croix River Wednesday, October 14, 2020

The St. Croix River, treasured for its natural features, cultural significance, and exceptional fishing and boating, is heralded by officials in Wisconsin and Minnesota as a shining example of successful water protection.

MPCA releases second draft permit for Prairie River Minerals Friday, October 9, 2020

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) today released its second of two draft permits for Prairie River Minerals.

New wood-stove emission standards in effect in Minnesota Thursday, October 8, 2020

As of May 2020, new stoves and outdoor boilers must be certified to new emission standards to be sold or installed in Minnesota.

MPCA announces new protective water and fish values for PFAS Thursday, October 1, 2020

Today the MPCA announced several metro water bodies now have new protective water and fish consumption values for perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), one of the most studied per - and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

Red River Basin waterways, damaged by land alterations and climate change, need restoring Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The MPCA has released reports on water-quality problems in the Roseau River and the Snake-Middle Rivers watersheds.

Owner of former SurTec plating business in Eveleth pays $19,325 for hazardous waste violations Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Martin Zuponcic (Cook, Minn.) has paid a $19,325 civil penalty to the MPCA for a series of hazardous waste violations at SurTec, Inc., a former chrome-plating business in Eveleth.

Central Bi-Products facilities fined $130,000 for wastewater violations Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Farmers Union Industries, LLC, has agreed to pay $130,000 for wastewater overflow and other violations at its Central Bi-Products rendering plants in Redwood Falls and Long Prairie.

MPCA releases first draft permit for Prairie River Minerals demonstration project Thursday, September 24, 2020

The MPCA today released its draft water-quality permit for the Prairie River Minerals demonstration project near Coleraine.

Worsening effects of climate change threaten Minnesota’s work to improve water quality Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The Environmental Quality Board’s 2020 State Water Plan and the MPCA's Nutrient Reduction Strategy Progress Update call for collaboration, action, and integrating climate change mitigation and adaptability into all levels of water planning.

During Minnesota’s Climate Week, MPCA highlights growing challenges and solutions through digital initiatives Monday, September 21, 2020

Every day, Minnesotans are experiencing the adverse effects of climate change. As part of Climate Week in Minnesota, the MPCA launched two digital initiatives to draw attention to climate issues: Our Minnesota Climate, a new interagency website about the state’s integrated climate initiatives, and a social media campaign about the effects of climate change happening across Minnesota here and now.

New water quality reports: Phosphorus and bacteria are top challenges in Mississippi River-Sartell Area Watershed Tuesday, September 15, 2020

According to new draft reports released by the MPCA, surface waters in the Mississippi River – Sartell Watershed are in fair condition, but phosphorus and E. coli pollution are threatening aquatic life and recreation in several streams and lakes.

Koda Energy pays $13,600 for air quality violations at Shakopee biomass energy facility Monday, September 14, 2020

Koda Energy LLC has paid a $13,600 civil penalty to the MPCA for a series of air-emission violations at its biomass energy generation facility in Shakopee.

MPCA, DNR announce recommendations to protect East Metro’s drinking water from PFAS contamination Thursday, September 10, 2020

The MPCA and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced a $700 million drinking water protection plan for the Twin Cities East Metropolitan Area.

MPCA extends public comment period for Waukon Dairy in Norman County Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The MPCA has granted a 30-day extension for comments on a proposed dairy operation in Norman County to allow additional public review of information related to groundwater availability.

Alexandria public meeting addresses chloride pollution in wastewater treatment discharges to local lake Thursday, August 27, 2020

The MPCA will host an online public informational meeting on Thursday, September 3, on its proposal to reissue the Alexandria Lakes Area Sanitary District's wastewater treatment permit with a variance.

MPCA to expand electric vehicle charging network by more than 2,500 miles in Greater Minnesota Thursday, August 27, 2020

The MPCA announced today it will fund the installation of up to 38 additional fast charging stations in Greater Minnesota, extending the existing EV highway corridor network by more than 2,500 miles.

Duluth Ready Mix Concrete pays $12,300 for industrial stormwater violations in St. Louis County Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Duluth Ready Mix Concrete Inc. has agreed to pay a $12,300 civil penalty to the MPCA for stormwater violations at its gravel pit in Canyon, about 35 miles northwest of Duluth.