Contact: Stephen Mikkelson 218-316-3887
Cummins Power Generation, Inc., has paid a $10,278 civil penalty to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) for a series of air quality violations. The violations occurred between 2017 and 2019, at the company’s power generator production facility in Fridley.
Based on MPCA staff inspections, the company exceeded permitted air emissions limits several times between late 2017 and August 2019. Other violations included inadequate record keeping, no employee training program in its operations and maintenance (O&M) plan, and failure to properly document air quality control equipment inspection and maintenance.
In addition to paying the civil penalty, the company has completed a series of corrective actions, including updating its O&M plan to ensure proper staff training, recordkeeping, and inspection and maintenance documentation.
MPCA permits are designed to protect human health and the environment by limiting pollution emissions and discharges from facilities. When companies do not fully comply with permit 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 the environment, whether they were first-time or repeat violations, and how promptly the violations were reported to authorities. The agency also attempts to recover the economic benefit the company gained by failing to comply with environmental laws in a timely manner.