Carl Bolander and Sons Construction Co. is penalized for stormwater violations

Contact: Steve Mikkelson, 218-316-3887

St. Paul, Minn. ― Carl Bolander and Sons Construction Co., of St. Paul, has paid a fine and taken corrective actions as a result of construction stormwater violations at a 17-acre site at the South St. Paul Rod and Gun Club.

During several Minnesota Pollution Control Agency staff inspections in 2013, multiple violations of the construction stormwater permit and state water quality rules were discovered. These violations allowed sediment to discharge into several wetlands on the construction site, which is next to the Mississippi River. Large amounts of sediment entering wetlands, streams or rivers can negatively affect water quality and harm aquatic life. Violations included failure to stabilize exposed soils; failure to remove sediment deposited into wetlands; failure to install perimeter controls; failure to maintain, repair or replace silt fencing; and failure to provide inspection and maintenance records requested by MPCA staff.

The construction company has paid a $29,385 civil penalty and completed a series of corrective actions.

When calculating penalties, the MPCA takes into account how seriously the violation affected the environment, whether it is a first time or repeat violation, and how promptly the violation was reported to appropriate authorities. It also attempts to recover the calculated economic benefit gained by failure to comply with environmental laws in a timely manner.

For a comprehensive list of enforcement actions by the MPCA, see the agency's quarterly summary of enforcement actions webpage.