MPCA completes 47 enforcement cases in first quarter of 2017

Contact: Steve Mikkelson, 218-316-3887

In its ongoing efforts to promote environmental compliance, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency concluded 47 enforcement cases in 26 counties throughout Minnesota during the first quarter of 2017.  Penalties from all 47 cases totaled just over $440,000.

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 47 recently-completed cases, the MPCA also has 49 ongoing enforcement investigations, 19 of which were opened as new cases during the first 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 47 cases completed during the first quarter of 2017:

  • Fitzgerald Excavating and Trucking Inc., Jason Fitzgerald, Goodhue, for solid waste and underground storage tank violations, $80,000
  • Ever Cat Fuels LLC, Isanti, for above ground storage tank, emergency management, hazardous waste and industrial stormwater violations, $59,912
  • Cirrus Design Corp., Duluth, for air quality violations, $50,000
  • City of Virginia, Virginia, for air quality violations, $27,500
  • Midwest Aircraft Refinishing, Hibbing, for air quality violations, $25,000
  • Joe Wagner, Parkers Prairie, for feedlot violations, $20,000
  • Jordan Sands LLC, Mankato, for air quality violations, $20,000
  • Essar Steel MN LLC, and Hammerland Construction, Nashwauk, for construction stormwater violations, $11,787
  • DENCO II LLC, Morris, for air quality violations, $10,500
  • Carstens Industries Inc., Melrose, for air quality violations, $10,105
  • Cytec Engineered Materials Inc., Winona, for air quality violations, $9,620
  • Essar Steel MN LLC, Nashwauk, for construction stormwater violations, $8,687
  • Alliance Building Corp., St. Cloud, for construction stormwater violations, $7,951
  • Overland Properties LLC, Hector, for construction stormwater violations, $7,855
  • DCI Inc., St. Cloud, for hazardous waste violations, $7,475
  • AGCO Corp Jackson Operations, Jackson, for air quality violations, $6,805
  • Southern Building Company, Hector, for construction stormwater violations, $6,355
  • CarMax 6008, Brooklyn Park, for air quality violations, $6,324
  • Puchalla Properties LLC, St. Cloud, for construction stormwater violations, $5,386
  • Independent School District 728, Elk River, for construction stormwater violations, $5,025
  • New Look Contracting Inc., Elk River, for construction stormwater violations, $4,725
  • Agra Resources LLC, dba POET Biorefining, Albert Lea, for air quality violations, $4,410
  • John Glady Farm, Wykoff, for solid waste violations, $4,158
  • Joe Otto, Pillager, for hazardous waste violations, $4,075
  • Douglas Nelson, St. James, for solid waste violations, $3,876
  • Malteurop North America Inc., Winona, for air quality violations, $3,710
  • Waltz Septic Cleaning, Canby, for subsurface septic treatment system violations, $3,450
  • Danckwart Landscaping LLC, Kellogg, for solid waste violations, $3,125
  • Casey Bates, Wykoff, for solid waste violations, $3,000
  • Lakeside Auto Body, Lakefield, for air quality and hazardous waste violations, $2,800
  • Nathan Wiener, Sauk Centre, for solid waste violations, $2,730
  • Custom Truck Body and Equipment Co., Inc., Rochester, for air quality violations, $1,688
  • MAACO Collision Repair and Auto Painting, Minneapolis, for air quality violations, $1,688
  • MC Concrete and Excavation Enterprises Inc., and Michael Badger, Rochester, for subsurface septic treatment system violations, $1,565
  • NEH Body Shops Inc., dba Professional Auto Body, St. Paul, for air quality violations, $1,563
  • SMI and Hydraulics Inc., Porter, for air quality violations, $1,563
  • Imperial Plastics Inc., Mora, for industrial stormwater violations, $1,500
  • City of Revere, Revere, for wastewater violations, $1,437
  • MN DNR Scenic State Park, Bigfork, for wastewater violations, $1,250
  • Dream Island Holdings LLC, Detroit Lakes, for construction stormwater violations, $1,100
  • Amos and Rhoda Miller Property, Mabel, for subsurface septic treatment system violations, $1,000
  • SMI and Hydraulics, Porter, for air quality violations, $625
  • Voronyak Builders Inc., Perham, for construction stormwater violations, $596
  • DW Jones Inc., Perham, for construction stormwater violations, $596
  • Kaba Junk Removal Service LLC, Brooklyn Park, for hazardous waste violations, $500
  • Hough Inc., Detroit Lakes, for construction stormwater violations, $488
  • Holiday Companies, Detroit Lakes, for construction stormwater violations, $488

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