MPCA completes 22 enforcement cases in first quarter of 2016

Contact: Steve Mikkelson, 218-316-3887

St. Paul, Minn. — In its ongoing efforts to promote environmental compliance, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency concluded 22 enforcement cases in 19 counties throughout Minnesota during the first quarter of 2016.  Penalties from all 22 cases totaled just over $160,000.

Environmental enforcement investigations often take several months, and in highly complex cases more than a year. Although, in rare instances, they can involve courts, they are most often negotiated settlements where the goal is compliance with environmental rules. Fines issued are targeted to match the environmental harm, economic advantage gained or environmental corrective actions. 

In addition to these 22 recently completed cases, the MPCA also has 62 ongoing enforcement investigations, 14 of which were opened as new cases during the first quarter of 2016.  Not all investigations lead to fines or other official action.

Imposing monetary penalties is only part of the MPCA’s enforcement process.  Agency staff continue to provide assistance, support and information on the steps and tools necessary to achieve compliance for any company, individual or local government that requests it. 

The following is a brief summary of all 22 cases completed during the first quarter of 2016:

  • Micom Corp., New Brighton, for hazardous waste violations, $27,425
  • Ryland Homes, Mendota Heights, for stormwater violations, $20,000
  • City of Northfield, Northfield, for stormwater violations, $16,920
  • Brit and Larenda Schriever, Harmony, for feedlot violations, $14,500
  • Dakota County and Fitzgerald Excavating & Trucking, Inc., Miesville, for stormwater violations, $14,000
  • Lakes Area Demolition Landfill, Detroit Lakes, for solid waste violations, $9,000
  • Nodland Construction Co. Inc., Mendota Heights, for stormwater violations, $7,860
  • Blue Lakes Disposal, Brainerd, for hazardous waste violations, $5,625
  • Altra Corp., dba Renue Coatings Removal LLC, Big Lake, for hazardous waste violations, $5,550
  • Stanley Mistic, Puposky, for feedlot violations, $5,500
  • Albertelli Construction, Savage, for stormwater violations, $5,250
  • Continental 298 Fund LLC, Savage, for stormwater violations, $5,250
  • City of Butterfield, Butterfield, for wastewater violations, $4,553
  • Roadway Construction Inc., St. James, for air quality violations, $4,500
  • Steven and Evelyn Tonneson, Granada, for solid waste violations, $3,850
  • Duininck Inc., Redwood Falls, for stormwater violations, $3,060
  • Redwood County Highway Dept., Redwood Falls, for stormwater violations, $3,060
  • Schilling Graphics Inc., Owatonna, for air quality violations, $1,687.50
  • Enebak Construction, Mendota Heights, for stormwater violations, $1,660
  • City of Hallock, Hallock, for solid waste violations, $1,200
  • Norman Perrin, Ashby, for solid waste violations, $750
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Fergus Falls Wetland Mgmt. Dist., Fergus Falls, for solid waste violations, $500

A complete summary of environmental enforcement actions and news releases can be found on the MPCA’s News Media Center webpage.  For questions on specific enforcement cases, please contact Stephen Mikkelson, Information Officer at 218-316-3887, or toll free at 800-657-3864.