City of Hastings and Max Steininger Inc. are penalized for stormwater violations

Contact: Mary Connor, 651-757-2629

St. Paul, Minn. ― The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has penalized the city of Hastings and Eagan-based Max Steininger Inc. for stormwater violations at a construction site in Hastings. The violations resulted in sediment entering the Vermillion River and nearby wetlands.

The stormwater violations occurred during reconstruction of 10th Street East/Ravenna Trail in Hastings. The project included a portion of the street that crosses the Vermillion River, and the construction site bordered the Hastings Scientific and Natural Area.

MPCA staff discovered multiple violations of the project’s construction stormwater permit and state water quality rules during inspections between June and October 2013. These violations allowed sediment to enter wetlands at the construction site, the Vermillion River, and the river’s floodplain. Large amounts of sediment entering wetlands, streams or rivers can negatively affect water quality and harm aquatic life.

In addition to being assessed a $40,000 penalty, the city and its contactor stabilized the site so it was again in compliance with stormwater rules and regulations.

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, visit the agency's quarterly summary of enforcement actions webpage.