MPCA completes 43 enforcement cases in fourth quarter of 2016; 146 cases in all of 2016

Contact: Steve Mikkelson, 218-316-3887

In its ongoing efforts to promote environmental compliance, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency concluded 43 enforcement cases in 24 counties throughout Minnesota during the fourth quarter of 2016.  Penalties from all 43 cases totaled just under $260,000. In all of 2016, the MPCA completed 146 cases, totaling $1,173,948.

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 43 recently-completed cases, the MPCA also has 52 ongoing enforcement investigations, 17 of which were opened as new cases during the fourth 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 43 cases completed during the fourth quarter of 2016:

  • Enviro-Chem, Inc., Rogers, for air quality violations, $52,000
  • Affordable Pumping Service Inc., Grove City, for subsurface septic treatment system violations, $20,000
  • Leth Sewer Service, Mantorville, for subsurface septic treatment system violations, $20,000
  • Tom Musech, Cook, for tanks violations, $13,725
  • North Oaks Company, North Oaks, for stormwater violations, $10,770
  • Coop Country Farmers Elevator, Danube, for stormwater violations, $10,150
  • R&R Their Feedlot Inc., Rushmore, for feedlot violations, $10,000
  • RGE Inc., Bovey, for tanks violations, $9,687
  • Ben Thatcher, Rochester, for solid waste violations, $8,250
  • City of Fountain, Fountain, for wastewater violations, $7,500
  • Precision Landscape and Tree Inc., Little Canada, for air quality and stormwater violations, $7,014
  • Dominic Schultz, Blue Earth, for solid waste violations, $6,600
  • Duane Mortenson, Elizabeth, for solid waste violations, $6,504
  • J&D Construction Inc., Montevideo, for stormwater violations, $6,150
  • Bob Braaten Construction Inc., Byron, for stormwater violations, $5,100
  • Gillette Group Pepsi Cola Co., Rochester, for stormwater violations, $5,100
  • Jeffrey Delaney Sr., Bemidji, for subsurface septic treatment system violations, $4,725
  • Budget Septic Service, Alexandria, for subsurface septic treatment system violations, $4,100
  • Steve’s Septic Service, Duluth, for subsurface septic treatment system violations, $3,565
  • Covanta Hennepin Energy Resource Co., LP, Minneapolis, for air quality violations, $3,500
  • Scott P. Jarnat, Brooklyn Park, for wastewater violations, $3,200
  • X-cel Optical Co., Sauk Rapids, for hazardous waste violations, $3,175
  • Elite Sanitation, Elk River, for subsurface septic treatment system violations, $3,075
  • City of Gilbert, Gilbert, for wastewater violations, $3,000
  • Foremost Farms USA Cooperative, Preston, for wastewater violations, $3,000
  • Glen and Colette Holst, Lanesboro, for solid waste violations, $2,049
  • Matthew and Angela Brown, Granada, for solid waste violations, $2,000
  • Sargeant Farms Ranchland LLC, Sandstone, for solid waste violations, $2,000
  • TA Schifsky and Sons Inc., North St. Paul, for air quality violations, $1,850
  • Bob Anderson Construction LLC, Evansville, for stormwater violations, $1,750
  • Hearth and Home Technologies of Lake City, Lake City, for air quality violations, $1,750
  • HealthEast Midway Health Services, St. Paul, for air quality violations, $1,687
  • Wells Fargo Operations Center, Shoreview, for air quality violations, $1,687
  • North Woods Finishing LLC, Isanti, for air quality violations, $1,687
  • Zachary WTP, Plymouth, for air quality violations, $1,687
  • MAACO Auto Painting, Little Canada, for air quality violations, $1,562
  • Alliance Building Corp., Sauk Rapids, for stormwater violations, $1,525
  • McDonald’s USA LLC, Roseville, for stormwater violations, $1,525
  • Duluth Landfill Superior LLC, Duluth, for solid waste violations, $1,500
  • Altmann Family Pork, New Ulm, for feedlot violations, $1,200
  • Virginia Department of Public Utilities, Virginia, for air quality violations, $750
  • Tower Hill Farm, St. James, for feedlot violations, $504
  • JC Dairy, Sauk Rapids, for feedlot violations, $500

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