MPCA completes 31 enforcement cases in third quarter of 2017

Contact: Steve Mikkelson, 218-316-3887

In its ongoing efforts to promote environmental compliance, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) concluded 31 enforcement cases in 25 counties throughout Minnesota during the third quarter of 2017.  Penalties from all 31 cases totaled just over $170,000.

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 31 recently-completed cases, the MPCA also has 39 ongoing enforcement investigations, 19 of which were opened as new cases during the third quarter of 2017.  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 third quarter of 2017:

  • M.G. Waldbaum Co., Le Sueur, for industrial wastewater violations, $32,900
  • City of Willmar, Willlmar, for municipal stormwater violations, $18,500
  • Prairie Lakes Municipal Solid Waste Authority, Fergus Falls, for air quality violations, $11,370
  • R&R Excavating, Inc., Hutchinson, for construction stormwater violations, $11,294
  • Welsh Equipment Inc., Dodge Center, for air quality, hazardous waste and industrial stormwater violations, $11,200
  • Highway 27 Auto Salvage LLC, Long Prairie, for hazardous waste violations, $9,326
  • American Crystal Sugar Co., Moorhead, for air quality violations, $8,700
  • Larry’s Auto, Annandale, for hazardous waste and industrial stormwater violations, $7,450
  • Enel Green Power North America Inc., Andover, for construction stormwater violations, $5,375
  • Biosar America LLC, Mankato, for construction stormwater violations, $5,375
  • Moose Lake Community Schools, Moose Lake, for construction stormwater violations, $5,211
  • Hutchinson Technology Inc., Hutchinson, for air quality violations, $5,100
  • Pearson Candy Co., St. Paul, for wastewater violations, $4,435
  • Charles Meixel Jr., CK Grain LLC, Cyrus, for solid waste violations, $4,350
  • The Boldt Company, Moose Lake, for construction stormwater violations, $4,311
  • Windom Wash LLC, Windom, for construction stormwater violations, $2,900
  • Wapasha Construction Co., Stewartville, for construction stormwater violations, $2,876
  • Reed Swanson, Detroit Lakes, for solid waste violations, $2,850
  • Nancy and Steve Smith, Blue Earth, for solid waste violations, $2,345
  • NC Minerals LLC, Sleepy Eye, for air quality violations, $1,688
  • Quality Paint and Autobody, Inc., Minneapolis, for air quality violations, $1,563
  • Len’s Body and Paint Shop, Virginia, for air quality violations, $1,563
  • River’s Edge Hospital and Clinic, St. Peter, for air quality violations, $1,563
  • Karls of Wells Inc., Wells, for air quality violations, $1,463
  • Mitchell Bublitz, Houston, for solid waste violations, $1,400
  • Ronald Lindquist, North Branch, for solid waste violations, $1,100
  • Darrin Voight, Taopi, for subsurface septic treatment system violations, $1,000
  • David Voight, Taopi, for subsurface septic treatment system violations, $1,000
  • Andy and Verna Slabaugh, Canton, for subsurface septic treatment violations, $1,000
  • Shakopee Acquisition LLC, Shakopee, for wastewater violations, $670
  • City of Cosmos, Cosmos, for municipal wastewater violations, $600

A complete summary of environmental enforcement actions and news releases appear 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.