Minnesota leads the nation in pollution prevention

Contact: Pam McCurdy, 651-757-2559

St. Paul, Minn. — Minnesota businesses are the best in the United States at reducing or eliminating some dangerous pollutants, according to a recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report. The report is based on information reported by manufacturing and other industrial facilities across the country through the EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory program.

According to the report, Minnesota businesses implemented measures that resulted in a reduction of nearly 1 million pounds of toxic pollutant releases from 2012 to 2013 in Minnesota.

A variety of activities can contribute to pollution prevention or source-reduction efforts:

  • An electroplating facility in Minneapolis reduced their releases of solvents by nearly 50 percent after changing to a water-based cleaning system for some of their processes.
  • Logic PD of Montevideo and Eden Prairie and Benchmark Electronics of Rochester and Winona are working with their customers to create product specifications that allow lead-free solders in the printed circuit assemblies they manufacture.
  • Simply reworking production schedules allowed a paint and coating manufacturer in Blaine to reduce their generation of solvents by 42 percent by reducing feedstock changeovers and minimizing solvent use.

“The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and our partners congratulate Minnesota companies for their continued leadership in driving down environmental impacts and driving up the efficiency of their operations,” said MPCA Commissioner John Linc Stine.

The MPCA works with the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program to help Minnesota businesses develop and implement industry-tailored solutions that prevent pollution, maximize efficient use of resources, and reduce energy use and costs. To learn more, visit the MPCA's Pollution Prevention webpage.