News releases

MPCA completes 22 enforcement cases in first quarter of 2016 Monday, May 2, 2016

Penalties from all 22 cases totaled just over $160,000.

Micom is cited for hazardous waste violations Thursday, April 21, 2016

In addition to correcting identified problems, the company paid a $27, 425 civil penalty.

MPCA recognizes wastewater plant operators for excellence Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The MPCA recently recognized 288 Minnesota wastewater treatment facilities for maintaining a perfect record of permit compliance during 2015.

MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed hog feedlot in Redwood County Wednesday, April 20, 2016

If approved, the proposed farrowing, breeding and gestation operation will house a total of 3,392 sows and 1,190 gilts in three barns.

Comments invited on reports about restoring Root River and tributaries Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The MPCA is accepting comments on the reports through May 16.

Get hooked on volunteering and help Minnesota’s waters Thursday, April 14, 2016

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.

UPDATE: MPCA expands air pollution health advisory to include the Twin Cities Thursday, April 14, 2016

The affected area includes Mankato, Hutchinson, St. Cloud, Marshall, Willmar, Detroit Lakes, Brainerd, Bemidji and Thief River Falls.

MPCA seeks comments on water quality reports for Mustinka River Watershed Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The MPCA has published a set of two reports on the Mustinka River watershed, and is seeking comments from the public on both.

MPCA beginning water quality monitoring field work throughout Minnesota Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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.

Farmer panel to share water quality projects and practices at Chippewa River watershed annual meeting Tuesday, April 5, 2016

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.

MPCA analysis confirms poor air quality in North Minneapolis industrial area Thursday, March 24, 2016

Air monitors have recorded violations of the state standard for particles in an industrial area of North Minneapolis.

MPCA commissioner announces creation of environmental justice advisory group Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The group will provide input and recommendations about ways to incorporate the principles of environmental justice into the agency’s work.

MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed hog feedlot expansion in Freeborn County Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Public comments on the proposed Buendorf feedlot expansion EAW will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on April 13, 2016.

MPCA seeks public comments on proposed landfill expansion in Polk County Monday, March 7, 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.

MPCA offers small-business grants to cut air emissions Friday, March 4, 2016

The grants will pay up to $50,000 for projects to reduce use of VOC-containing chemicals or put in lower-emitting equipment.

Contaminated groundwater concerns mount in Minnesota Thursday, February 25, 2016

Up to 60 percent of groundwater monitoring wells sampled in central Minnesota are contaminated with nitrate well beyond the safe drinking water standard.

MPCA completes 10 enforcement cases in fourth quarter of 2015; 149 cases in all of 2015 Tuesday, February 2, 2016

In all of 2015, the MPCA issued just over $999,000 in penalties.

MPCA reviews proposed feedlot in Wright County Monday, January 25, 2016

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.

Violations lead to better safety, accountability for St. Cloud plastic manufacturer Wednesday, January 20, 2016

In addition to correcting all identified violations, the company paid a $135,000 civil penalty.

The MPCA’s year in environmental innovations Tuesday, December 29, 2015

In 2015, the MPCA came up with a variety of creative approaches to the state’s environmental challenges.

Studies identify water quality problems, remedies for Coon Creek Watershed Monday, December 28, 2015

The watershed is located in Anoka County and includes the cities of Andover, Blaine, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Fridley, Ham Lake and Spring Lake Park.

2016 should bring more places to recycle away from home Monday, December 21, 2015

By Jan. 1, 2016, owners of commercial property in the seven-county metro area will need to offer recycling along with garbage collection in their buildings.

For the sake of our lakes, keep your pavement on a low-salt diet Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Once in the water, it becomes a permanent pollutant and continues to accumulate in the environment over time — in other words it doesn’t melt or go away. 

MPCA offers $270,000 to clean up big, old diesel engines Monday, November 30, 2015

The MPCA encourages owners of older diesel engines to apply for a total of $270,000 in federal grant funding to improve their fleets and reduce the impact of these engines on air quality.

MPCA releases environmental assessment on new electric facility in Shakopee Friday, November 13, 2015

MPCA invites public review and comment on an environmental review document for a new electric generating facility in Shakopee.