In addition to correcting identified problems, the company agreed to pay a $125,000 civil penalty.
The MPCA Duluth Office has activated a temporary incident command center to monitor the situation and provide assistance to the city of Moose Lake and Pine County.
In total, 40 percent of all waters tested by the MPCA over the last decade are now considered “impaired.”
The public may submit written comments on the R and R Hogs EAW until 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 3, 2016.
The EAW covers site location details, and assesses the potential for a variety of environmental impacts of the project, such as air pollution, noise, stormwater runoff and the impact on wildlife.
These reports were under the state’s watershed approach, a holistic way of gauging the health of streams and lakes and developing strategies to restore or protect their water quality.
The Long Prairie River watershed includes all or parts of Douglas, Otter Tail, Todd and Morrison counties.
The city plans to improve and expand the capacity of its wastewater treatment plant to more effectively treat its wastewater, and accept and treat more wastewater.
The footprint of the landfill will not increase, but the company that operates it is requesting clearance to develop cover slopes around the entire facility.
Area residents’ homes have been affected by dust from the United Taconite facility more than a dozen times during a 31-month period.
In addition to correcting all identified problems, the ethanol plant will also pay a $39,450 penalty.
The TMDL report for the watershed is open for public review and comment through July 20, 2016.
The air pollution health advisory is in effect for Sunday, June 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
An agreement between the MPCA and a metal plating facility in St. Louis Park, Minn. resolves an effort to find the source of PFOS contamination in fish and water in Lake Calhoun.
The advisory is in effect on Saturday, June 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Comments on the report are being accepted through June 29, 2016.
The AQI is forecast to reach into the low to mid-90s during the day on Friday, which approaches a level considered unhealthy for sensitive groups.
Strobel Farms plans to build two new hog buildings in Alton Township in Waseca County. The new “finishing” barns will house up to 4,800 pigs.
The monitoring is designed to measure and evaluate the condition of rivers, streams, and ditches by studying the biology including fish and aquatic insects, as well as habitat, flow, and water chemistry.
While water enthusiasts and pets enjoy swimming and boating when the weather is calm and sunny, these conditions are also perfect for growing blue-green algae, which can be harmful to both people and animals.
The MPCA has released reports on protecting and restoring the Cannon River watershed, and is accepting comments on the reports through June 23.
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner John Linc Stine joined state environmental officials from Connecticut, New York, New Hampshire, Vermont and Washington in calling on Congress to reconsider the language in a proposed bill to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976.
The facility, which operates a metal shredder at the site, is believed to be a primary source of particulate emissions that have repeatedly violated state air quality standards near the site since 2014, when the MPCA began operating air monitors near the facility.
The Yellow Medicine River WRAPS report and TMDL report are available for public comment through June 15.
The Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative has agreed to correct the violations and will pay more than $1.5 million in penalties.