The report identifies agricultural runoff as the main source of phosphorus loading to these lakes.
The facility would process ash from Xcel Energy’s generating plant and ash landfill for the purpose of recovering metals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Penalties from all 37 cases totaled just under $275,000.
The plan includes installing five natural gas-fired electrical generating units capable of producing up to 50 megawatts of electricity.
Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend LLC in Rosemount is proposing a collection of projects designed to increase the facility’s energy efficiency, reduce its air emissions and improve its processing capabilities.
Heavy rains over the last two months, and predictions for more on the way, have two State agencies working with livestock groups, farming organizations and counties to find options for farmers dealing with manure storage issues.
Fall is a busy time for farmers, and not only for the crop harvest. Livestock producers will be applying billions of gallons or pounds of stored manure to fertilize next year’s crop.
The city is working with its consultant and the MPCA to repair the ponds as quickly as possible.
In addition to correcting identified problems, the company has paid a $23,000 penalty.
Alliance Recycling Group first company in the area to step forward to reduce and prevent air pollution
The public may submit written comments on the Circle K EAW until 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 5.
The group will provide input and recommendations about ways to incorporate the principles of environmental justice into the agency’s work.
Parts of the facility must be idled beginning on Sept. 2, 2016, and cannot be used until the MPCA either issues a modified air permit for the facility or the company proves to the agency that it does not cause or contribute to the ongoing air quality violations in the area.
The extension means the agency will now accept written comments through Sept. 30, 2016.
The report is open for public review and comment through Sept. 28, 2016.
Violations included improper storage of hazardous materials, generating hazardous waste without a license and mismanaging hazardous waste, failing to properly inspect and maintain equipment, and operating their facilities without the required industrial wastewater and stormwater permits.
The proposed expansion would increase plant production from 50 million to 130 million gallons per year of 200-proof ethanol.
While recent rain may have dispersed the bloom in Beaver Lake, people should still look for sludge or other matter on the water surface and shoreland.
The MPCA, city of Duluth, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staff will be on hand to answer questions about the slip’s projects, sediment cleanup alternatives, timelines and next steps.
U.S. Steel Corporation has agreed to pay a $49,500 penalty as part of a settlement for nine state air quality violations adjacent to its taconite facility near Keewatin.
The Chippewa River Watershed includes portions of Otter Tail, Grant, Douglas, Stevens, Pope, Swift, Kandiyohi, Chippewa counties, and a very small portion of Stearns.