News releases

MPCA reaches settlement with Rosemount recycler over hazardous-waste and stormwater violations Thursday, July 14, 2016

In addition to correcting identified problems, the company agreed to pay a $125,000 civil penalty.

Flooding in Moose Lake area results in sewage release to local waterbodies Wednesday, July 13, 2016

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.

New evidence of pollution found in 318 lakes, rivers and streams Wednesday, July 13, 2016

In total, 40 percent of all waters tested by the MPCA over the last decade are now considered “impaired.”

MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed hog feedlot in Faribault County Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The public may submit written comments on the R and R Hogs EAW until 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 3, 2016.

MPCA seeks comments on environmental review for Rochester generating station Tuesday, July 12, 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.

Studies identify water quality problems and remedies for the Elm Creek Watershed Thursday, July 7, 2016

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.

MPCA develops plan to restore and protect Long Prairie River watershed Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Long Prairie River watershed includes all or parts of Douglas, Otter Tail, Todd and Morrison counties.

MPCA seeks comments on proposed expansion of Kasson’s wastewater treatment plant Thursday, June 30, 2016

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.

MPCA seeks comments on proposed landfill expansion in Inver Grove Heights Monday, June 27, 2016

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.

Fourteen dust emission events impacted Iron Range residents Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Area residents’ homes have been affected by dust from the United Taconite facility more than a dozen times during a 31-month period.

Winnebago ethanol plant again taking steps to correct environmental violations Tuesday, June 21, 2016

In addition to correcting all identified problems, the ethanol plant will also pay a $39,450 penalty.

Redeye River watershed report outlines plan for restoring water quality Monday, June 20, 2016

The TMDL report for the watershed is open for public review and comment through July 20, 2016.

MPCA issues air pollution advisory for ozone on Sunday, June 19 Saturday, June 18, 2016

The air pollution health advisory is in effect for Sunday, June 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

MPCA announces resolution of investigation in PFOS in Lake Calhoun Tuesday, June 14, 2016

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.

MPCA issues air pollution advisory for Saturday, June 11 Friday, June 10, 2016

The advisory is in effect on Saturday, June 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

MPCA seeks comments on water quality reports for Sand Hill River Watershed Friday, June 10, 2016

Comments on the report are being accepted through June 29, 2016.

MPCA issues air pollution advisory for western, central, southern Minnesota Thursday, June 9, 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.

MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed hog feedlot in Waseca County Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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.

MPCA beginning water quality monitoring field work in the Otter Tail River watershed Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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.

Blue-green algae: If in doubt, stay out Thursday, May 26, 2016

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.

Comments invited on reports on restoring Cannon River and tributaries Monday, May 23, 2016

The MPCA has released reports on protecting and restoring the Cannon River watershed, and is accepting comments on the reports through June 23.

State environmental officials call on Congress to respect states’ role in chemical safety Thursday, May 19, 2016

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.

MPCA moves to shut down Minneapolis shredder Thursday, May 19, 2016

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.

Studies of water quality in Yellow Medicine River Watershed released; open for public comment Monday, May 16, 2016

The Yellow Medicine River WRAPS report and TMDL report are available for public comment through June 15.

MPCA and EPA reach $1.5 million settlement with sugar beet processor over water and air violations Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative has agreed to correct the violations and will pay more than $1.5 million in penalties.