MPCA completes 48 enforcement cases in second quarter of 2017

Contact: Steve Mikkelson, 218-316-3887

In its ongoing efforts to promote environmental compliance, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) concluded 48 enforcement cases in 33 counties throughout Minnesota during the second quarter of 2017.  Penalties from all 48 cases totaled just over $450,000.

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 48 recently-completed cases, the MPCA also has 41 ongoing enforcement investigations, 17 of which were opened as new cases during the second 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 48 cases completed during the second quarter of 2017:

  • Gerdau Ameristeel US Inc., St. Paul, for air quality, hazardous waste, stormwater and wastewater violations, $110,000
  • Hibbing Public Utilities, Hibbing, for air quality violations, $68,000
  • Industrial Finishing Services Inc., Perham, for air quality violations, $35,000
  • Arnt Construction Company Inc., Hermantown, for stormwater violations, $18,367
  • Pines of Kabetogama LLC, Kabetogama Township, for stormwater violations, $17,100
  • Mills Fleet Farm Inc., Mills E-Commerce Enterprises LLC, Hermantown, for stormwater violations, $15,362
  • Carstens Industries Inc., Melrose, for air quality violations, $15,325
  • Kit Masters, Perham, for hazardous waste violations, $13,940
  • Jack Lorshbough, Pinewood, for solid waste violations, $12,750
  • Trout Enterprises of Northern Minnesota Inc., Grand Rapids, for solid waste violations, $12,480
  • Hay Holding Co. LLC (Maple Hills Estates), Corcoran, for wastewater violations, $11,200
  • Bill Tulenchick and Joe Varner, Pillager, for feedlot violations, $9,900
  • Big Gain Inc., Mankato, for air quality violations, $8,153
  • Seneca Foods Corporation, Rochester, for wastewater violations, $7,650
  • Mike Miller Excavating, Hastings, for subsurface septic treatment systems violations, $7,075
  • City of Circle Pines, Circle Pines, for stormwater violations, $6,725
  • LaTour Construction Inc., Circle Pines, for stormwater violations, $6,725
  • Faribault Foods Inc., Cokato, for wastewater violations, $5,487
  • Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Coop, Renville, for wastewater violations, $5,030
  • LSP Cottage Grove Cogeneration Facility, Cottage Grove, for air quality violations, $5,000
  • New Flyer of America Inc., St. Cloud, for hazardous waste violations, $4,150
  • Joyce, Ray and Richard Kramer, Morris, for solid waste violations, $4,100
  • Larrell and Jodi De Jong, Lakefield, for feedlot violations, $4,000
  • Thompson’s Sewer Service and Soil Testing Inc., Rush City, for subsurface septic treatment system violations, $3,960
  • SB Foot Tanning Co., Red Wing, for air quality violations, $3,760
  • Roger Love, East Grand Forks, for solid waste violations, $3,700
  • Agra Resources LLC (POET Biorefining), Albert Lea, for air quality violations, $3,600
  • Donald and Judy Brandes Farm, New Ulm, for solid waste violations, $3,300
  • Geotek LLC, Stewartville, for air quality violations, $2,860
  • Nathan Wiener, Sauk Centre, for solid waste violations, $2,730
  • Great Lakes Aquarium, Duluth, for wastewater violations, $2,487
  • Robinson Rubber Products Co. Inc., New Hope, for wastewater violations, $2,262
  • Heartland Corn Products, Winthrop, for air quality violations, $2,100
  • Tuffy’s Pet Foods Inc., Perham, for air quality violations, $2,000
  • Ronald Pesek, Taunton, for solid waste violations, $2,000
  • Michael Kistler, Eyota, for hazardous and solid waste violations, $1,900
  • City of Clontarf, Clontarf, for wastewater violations, $1,437
  • City of Danvers, Danvers, for wastewater violations, $1,437
  • Michael D. Yonkey, Minnesota Lake, for subsurface septic treatment system violations, $1,350
  • Rochester Top Soil Inc., Rochester, for stormwater violations, $1,330
  • Jim’s Excavating LLC, Cologne, for subsurface septic treatment violations, $1,100
  • Justin B. Ziemer, New London, for subsurface septic treatment violations, $1,000
  • Bullets and Broadheads LLC, Rochester, for stormwater violations, $970
  • Reliable Contractors Inc., Rochester, for stormwater violations, $970
  • Bill and Peggy Fick, Vergas, for solid waste violations, $750
  • Minnesota Diversified Products Inc., Rockford, for air quality violations, $700
  • Wannebo Excavating Inc., Manhatten Beach, for subsurface septic treatment system violations, $550
  • David Voight, Taopi, for subsurface septic treatment system violations, $500

A complete summary of environmental enforcement actions and news releases is posted 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.