MPCA completes 39 enforcement cases in third quarter of 2018

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

In its ongoing efforts to promote environmental compliance, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency concluded 39 enforcement cases in 26 counties throughout Minnesota during the third quarter of 2018.  Penalties from all 39 cases totaled just over $203,000.

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 39 recently-completed cases, the MPCA also has 37 ongoing enforcement investigations, 17 of which were opened as new cases during the third 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 39 cases completed during the third quarter of 2018:

  • Ardent Mills LLC, Hastings, for air quality violations, $32,485
  • Casey’s General Stores Inc., Ellendale, for construction stormwater violations, $20,000
  • Minnesota Power, a division of ALLETE Inc., Boswell and Hibbing, for air quality violations, $15,000 (this includes a $7,500 supplemental environmental project)
  • American Crystal Sugar Co., Crookston, for air quality violations, $9,950
  • Mackner Excavating Inc., Detroit Lakes, for solid waste violations, $9,000
  • Harmony Enterprises Inc., Harmony, for hazardous waste violations, $8,875
  • Federal-Mogul Powertrain LLC, Lake City, for air quality violations, $8,820
  • T.A. Lauritsen Septic and Drain Inc., Montevideo, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $8,000
  • SCS Elevator Products Inc., Red Wing, for hazardous waste violations, $7,683
  • AAR Aircraft Services Inc., Duluth, for air quality and hazardous waste violations, $7,650
  • DKMC Development LLP, Rochester, for construction stormwater violations, $7,390
  • Green Plains Otter Tail LLC, Fergus Falls, for wastewater violations, $6,880
  • Tri-City Wastewater Treatment Systems Board, Wells, for municipal wastewater violations, $6,854
  • Hodgman Drainage Company Inc., Dexter, Fairmont and Glennville, for solid waste violations, $6,840
  • Greg Strobel, Janesville, for construction stormwater and feedlot violations, $4,300
  • Stack Bros. Mechanical Contractors Inc. and Andrew Hagglund, Duluth Township, for solid waste violations, $3,750
  • Fitzgerald Excavating and Trucking Inc., Goodhue, for asbestos violations, $3,675
  • M&M Contractors LLC, Breckenridge, for solid waste violations, $3,500
  • Lazy U Community LLC, Medford, for municipal wastewater violations, $3,045
  • Eaton Bros. Properties LLC, Waseca, for solid waste violations, $2,810
  • Metropolitan Airports Commission, Minneapolis, for industrial wastewater violations, $2,800
  • Jonathan Rohloff, Menahga, for solid waste violations, $2,600
  • Phil Stoll, Dent, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $2,310
  • Premier Fleet Services, Shakopee, for air quality violations, $2,150
  • Andrew Stoskopf, Warroad, for solid waste violations, $2,100
  • Early Iron Restoration LLC, Rochester, for air quality violations, $1,950
  • John Kamphake, Parkers Prairie, for solid waste violations, $1,875
  • Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota, Bemidji, for air quality violations, $1,750
  • Randall Abbott, Erhard, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $1,535
  • American Crystal Sugar Co., Moorhead, for wastewater violations, $1,350
  • Credit River Township, Prior Lake, for municipal wastewater violations, $1,100
  • Jon Mutschler, Bricelyn, for subsurface sewage treatment violations, $1,000
  • Shawn Ehrich, Elmore, for subsurface sewage treatment violations, $1,000
  • Rud Construction Inc., Northfield, for construction stormwater violations, $910
  • City of Mounds View, Mounds View, for municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) violations, $840
  • LKQ Smart Parts Inc., Northfield, for construction stormwater violations, $700
  • Hooter’s Lumber True Value, Chokio, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $600
  • Dahmon Gullard, Fairmont, for solid waste violations, $500
  • Bruce Nagel, Stewartville, for solid waste violations, $350

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