MPCA completes 31 enforcement cases in fourth quarter of 2018

Contact: Steve Mikkelson, 218-316-3887, 800-657-3864

EDITOR’S NOTE:   Cases listed below are from the following counties:  Aitkin, Becker, Blue Earth, Chisago, Clay, Douglas, Fillmore, Goodhue, Hennepin, Isanti, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Martin, Morrison, Nobles, Olmsted, Pope, Ramsey, Rock, Sherburne, St. Louis, Traverse, and Washington.

In its ongoing efforts to promote environmental compliance, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency concluded 31 enforcement cases in 25 counties throughout Minnesota during the fourth quarter of 2018. Penalties from all 31 cases totaled just over $158,000. In all of 2018, the MPCA completed 194 cases, totaling $1,062,440.

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 31 recently-completed cases, the MPCA also has 32 ongoing enforcement investigations, 19 of which were opened as new cases during the fourth quarter of 2018. 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 31 cases completed during the fourth quarter of 2018:

  • R&M Septic Service, North Branch, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $15,260
  • Agri-Energy LLC, Luverne, for air quality violations, $15,145
  • Swift Pork Company, Worthington, for air quality violations, $13,254
  • Crystal Valley Cooperative, Jackson, for air quality violations, $13,025
  • Great River Energy, Elk River, for air quality violations, $12,560
  • Northside Storage-Willmar LLC, Willmar, for construction stormwater violations, $9,310
  • 3M Company, Maplewood, for air quality violations, $7,020
  • CHS Fairmont, Fairmont, for air quality violations, $6,720
  • St. Paul Park Refining Co., St. Paul Park, for air quality violations, $6,500
  • Cargill Inc., Fairmont, for air quality violations, $5,950
  • Ever Cat Fuels LLC, Isanti, for hazardous and solid waste violations, $5,382
  • American Crystal Sugar, Moorhead, for air quality violations, $5,100
  • American Peat Technology LLC, Aitkin, for air quality violations, $5,004
  • Lake of the Woods County Public Works, Williams, for solid waste violations, $5,000
  • Alan and Paula Greggerson, Moore’s Septic Pumping LLC, Detroit Lakes, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $4,600
  • Richard Heidecker, dba Heidecker Brothers, Willmar, for construction stormwater violations, $4,130
  • A1 Septic Service and Excavating LLC, Patricia Stock, Mahnomen, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $4,000
  • Dan’s Diesel Inc., Willmar, for construction stormwater violations, $3,780
  • Beachway Motel and Cabins, Duluth, for solid waste and asbestos violations, $2,500
  • Waterfront Plaza Condominium Assoc., Duluth, for wastewater violations, $2,235
  • City of Dumont, Dumont, for solid waste violations, $1,750
  • Fridgen Excavating and Tiling LLC, Farwell, for solid waste violations, $1,750
  • Mark Boesl, Brandon, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $1,600
  • Hoheisel’s Septic Service, Pierz, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $1,250
  • Mattie Miller, Harmony, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $1,000
  • Michelle and Matthew Brown, Lake Crystal, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $1,000
  • David Clausen, Pemberton, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $1,000
  • Rochester Township, Rochester, for municipal separate storm sewer system violations, $840
  • Liberty Diversified Industries, Becker, for air quality violations, $700
  • Ritrama Inc., Minneapolis, for air quality violations, $700
  • Langdon Farms LLC, Cannon Falls, for solid waste violations, $350

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