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.
The public is invited to comment on the proposed sites’ additions and deletion by June 10, 2016.
The air pollution health alert and advisory will last until 10:00 p.m. Saturday night.
The EAW, which describes potential impacts on land use, water quality and air quality, is open for public review and comment through May 31, 2016.
Penalties from all 22 cases totaled just over $160,000.
In addition to correcting identified problems, the company paid a $27, 425 civil penalty.
The MPCA recently recognized 288 Minnesota wastewater treatment facilities for maintaining a perfect record of permit compliance during 2015.
If approved, the proposed farrowing, breeding and gestation operation will house a total of 3,392 sows and 1,190 gilts in three barns.
The MPCA is accepting comments on the reports through May 16.
More than 1,300 Minnesotans participate in the Citizen Monitoring Programs, but in order to reach all water bodies across Minnesota, more volunteers are needed.
The affected area includes Mankato, Hutchinson, St. Cloud, Marshall, Willmar, Detroit Lakes, Brainerd, Bemidji and Thief River Falls.
The MPCA has published a set of two reports on the Mustinka River watershed, and is seeking comments from the public on both.
The most intensive monitoring activities will focus on five of Minnesota’s 80 major watersheds — Mississippi River-Brainerd, Mississippi River-Sartell, the Ottertail River, the River Kettle and Upper St. Croix River watersheds.
At the CRWP annual meeting April 7 in Starbuck, a panel of area farmers who have been making changes called for in the plan will share their experiences on how it’s both profitable and helps achieve water quality goals.
Air monitors have recorded violations of the state standard for particles in an industrial area of North Minneapolis.
The group will provide input and recommendations about ways to incorporate the principles of environmental justice into the agency’s work.
Public comments on the proposed Buendorf feedlot expansion EAW will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on April 13, 2016.
The landfill currently covers about 52 acres within a county-owned 360-acre plot of land. The proposed expansion would increase the landfill by about 13 acres.
The grants will pay up to $50,000 for projects to reduce use of VOC-containing chemicals or put in lower-emitting equipment.
Up to 60 percent of groundwater monitoring wells sampled in central Minnesota are contaminated with nitrate well beyond the safe drinking water standard.
In all of 2015, the MPCA issued just over $999,000 in penalties.
The agency has prepared an Environmental Assessment Worksheet for the proposed project, and is making the document available for public comment through Feb. 16, 2016.