Crenlo Cab Products, LLC penalized for air emission and hazardous waste violations

Stephen Mikkelson, 218-316-3887

According to a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) enforcement investigation, Crenlo Cab Products, LLC, failed to meet several air quality and hazardous waste permit requirements in 2019 and 2020. The company operates an off-road vehicle and tractor cab manufacturing facility in Rochester. Permit violations included:

  • Failing to keep an updated emergency contingency plan, including providing hazardous waste training for staff
  • Failing to maintain an updated list of emission and emission control equipment, and failing to keep inventory records of coatings and solvents
  • Missing several reporting deadlines, and failing to update an operation and maintenance plan
  • Failing to properly calculate and maintain hazardous air pollutant emission records
  • Failing to keep records of required weekly hazardous waste container and storage area inspections

The company paid a $22,675 civil penalty to the MPCA and has completed a series of corrective actions to ensure the facility will operate in compliance with its air quality and hazardous waste permit requirements.

MPCA rules and regulations are designed to protect human health and the environment by limiting pollution emissions and discharges from facilities. When companies do not fully comply with regulatory requirements, the resulting pollution can be harmful to people and the environment.

When calculating penalties, the MPCA takes into account how seriously the violations affected or could have affected the environment, and whether they were first-time or repeat violations. The agency also attempts to recover the economic benefit the company gained by failing to comply with environmental laws in a timely manner.