MPCA completes 37 enforcement cases in third quarter of 2016

Contact: Stephen Mikkelson, 218-316-3887

In its ongoing efforts to promote environmental compliance, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) concluded 37 enforcement cases in 28 counties throughout Minnesota during the third quarter of 2016.  Penalties from all 37 cases totaled just under $275,000.

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 and economic advantage gained by not complying with applicable regulations.

In addition to these 37 recently-completed cases, the MPCA also has 52 ongoing enforcement investigations, 19 of which were opened as new cases during the third 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 37 cases completed during the third quarter of 2016:

  • U.S. Steel Corp., Keewatin, for air quality violations, $49,500
  • Ever Cat Fuels LLC, Isanti, for emergency response, stormwater, hazardous waste and tanks violations, $30,000
  • Hibbing Taconite Company, Hibbing, for air quality violations, $23,000
  • East Central Landfill, Mora, for stormwater violations, $18,657
  • Kevitt Excavating, Crystal, for solid waste violations, $14,000
  • Endres Processing LLC & Endres Farms, Rosemount, for air quality violations, $13,625
  • Hearth Development LLC, Little Canada, for stormwater violations, $10,568
  • Hometown BioEnergy, Le Sueur, for air quality violations, $9,820
  • Badger Equipment Co., Winona, for hazardous waste and air quality violations, $8,350
  • Hassan Sand and Gravel Inc., Rogers, for wastewater violations, $8,000
  • Fiedler Your Pumping Specialist Inc., Royalton, for subsurface septic treatment systems violations, $7,700
  • Perham Resource Recovery Facility and Prairie Lakes Municipal Solid Waste Authority, Perham, for air quality violations, $7,500
  • Geotek, Stewartville, for air quality violations, $7,220
  • Peter W. Hartwig, Welcome, for feedlot violations, $6,460
  • Knife River Central Minnesota, Sauk Rapids, for wastewater violations, $5,750
  • Calvin Buddensiek, Springfield, for subsurface septic treatment systems violations, $5,275
  • Professional Plating Inc., Anoka, for hazardous waste violations, $5,035
  • City of St. Louis Park, St. Louis Park, for wastewater violations, $5,023
  • Kenneth J. Gabriel, dba Kountry Kare Septic Inc., Park Rapids, for subsurface septic treatment systems violations, $4,675
  • Mike Richison, Granada, for solid waste violations, $4,565
  • RR Donnelley, Long Prairie, for hazardous waste violations, $3,125
  • North American Land Co. LLC, Arden Hills, for stormwater violations, $2,940
  • Fiberglas Fabricators Inc., Le Center, for air quality violations, $2,750
  • Swift Properties Group LLP, Montevideo, for wastewater violations, $2,675
  • Winco Inc., Le Center, for air quality violations, $2,500
  • Par Piping and Fabrication LLC, Granite Falls, for air quality violations, $1,688
  • Roseville Auto Body, New Brighton, for air quality violations, $1,688
  • Connie’s Body Shop, Houston, for air quality violations, $1,688
  • Roberts Management Group, Arden Hills, for stormwater violations, $1,585
  • Mike Badger, dba MC Concrete & Excavating, Rochester, for subsurface septic treatment systems violations, $1,565
  • Kellogg Auto Body LLC, Kellogg, for air quality violations, $1,563
  • Jeanette Carlson and George Carlson, Detroit Lakes, for solid waste violations, $1,250
  • Mark Hagen, H&R Block Building, Fosston, for solid waste violations, $1,000
  • Lowell Scholtes Property, Slayton, for solid waste violations, $1,000
  • Lyle Julson Farm, Grand Meadow, for solid waste violations, $850
  • Barnum wastewater treatment facility, Barnum, for water quality violations, $700
  • Wheaton-Dumont Coop Elevator, Dumont, for solid waste violation, $550

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 1-800-657-3864.