MPCA completes 52 enforcement cases in second quarter of 2015

Contact: Steve Mikkelson, 218-316-3887

St. Paul, Minn.— In its ongoing efforts to promote environmental compliance, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) concluded 52 enforcement cases in 32 counties throughout Minnesota during the second quarter of 2015. Penalties from all 52 cases totaled $311,303.

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 52 recently completed cases, the MPCA also has 63 ongoing enforcement investigations, 11 of which were opened as new cases during the second quarter of 2015. 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 or local government that requests it.

The following is a brief summary of all 52 cases completed during the second quarter of 2015:

  • ArcelorMittal Minorca Mine Inc., Virginia, for stormwater violations, $58,000
  • St. Louis County and Hammerlund Construction Inc., Duluth, for stormwater violations, $46,000
  • Green Plains Fairmont LLC, Fairmont, for air quality violations, $18,500
  • Marshall County, Stephen, for stormwater violations, $14,645
  • Robert R. Schroeder Construction Inc., Stephen, for stormwater violations, $14,645
  • August Shell Brewing Co., New Ulm, for wastewater violations, $12,798
  • Joe Wagner Farm, Brandon, for feedlot violations, $12,000
  • Agri-Energy LLC, Luverne, for air quality violations, $8,750
  • Ward Carlson, dba Carlson Construction, St. Michael, for solid waste violations, $8,050
  • Curfman Trucking and Repair Inc., Norwood Young America, for stormwater and solid waste violations, $7,300
  • Chard Tiling and Excavating Inc., Lakeville, for stormwater violations, $6,400
  • DeZURIK Inc., Sartell, for air quality violations, $5,350
  • Minnesota Soybean Processors, Brewster, for air quality violations, $4,950
  • Lenneman Properties LLC, St. Michael, for solid waste violations, $4,850
  • Ag Processing Inc., Dawson, for air quality violations, $4,750
  • Friedges Holdings Inc., Lakeville, for stormwater violations, $4,700
  • CHS Oilseed Processing, Fairmont, for air quality violations, $4,605
  • D R Horton Inc., Lakeville, for stormwater violations, $4,400
  • Independent School District 518, Worthington, for stormwater violations, $4,300
  • KUE Contractors, Inc., Worthington, for stormwater violations, $4,300
  • Spring Creek Townhomes LP, Northfield, for stormwater violations, $4,282
  • Fraki Dairy Farm Inc., Ottertail, for feedlot violations, $4,250
  • Ethanol 2000 LLP, dba POET Biorefining, Bingham Lake, for air quality violations, $3,900
  • Waldorf wastewater treatment plant, Waldorf, for wastewater violations, $3,839
  • Oslo wastewater treatment plant, Oslo, for wastewater violations, $3,675
  • Bob Freiermuth Sanitation LLC, Hampton, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $3,600
  • BT Properties LLC, Little Falls, for stormwater violations, $3,475
  • Lewiston wastewater treatment plant, Lewiston, for wastewater violations, $3,025
  • Dave Eid, Montevideo, for solid waste violations, $2,500
  • J&J Excavating Inc., Frazee, for asbestos violations, $2,500
  • Nitteberg Construction, Canby, for solid waste violations, $2,500
  • Anderson Recycling, Sandstone, for stormwater violations, $2,500
  • M Peterson LLC, Otsego, for solid waste and air quality violations, $2,000
  • Troy Passe, Wabasha, for stormwater violations, $1,788
  • Thomas and Diane Furlong, Faribault, for solid waste and air quality violations, $1,650
  • Mike Badger, dba MC Concrete and Excavation, Rochester, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $1,565
  • Monson Asphalt, Sauk Centre, for air quality violations, $1,438
  • Monson Corp., New London, for air quality violations, $1,438
  • Spectralytics Inc., Dassel, for hazardous waste violations, $1,325
  • City of Tower, Tower, for stormwater violations, $1,170
  • Frank Brothers Site, MJ Neisen Contracting LLC, Wells, for asbestos violations, $1,000
  • Michael and Donald Sween, Racine, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $1,000
  • City of Vadnais Heights, Vadnais Heights, for stormwater violations, $992
  • Dresel Contracting Inc., Vadnais Heights, for stormwater violations, $992
  • Herbst Excavating, Wabasha, for stormwater violations, $962
  • Storlies Portable Pit Stops LLC, Spring Grove, for stormwater violations, $825
  • City of Lakefield, Lakefield, for stormwater violations, $785
  • Rud Construction Inc., Northfield, for stormwater violations, $785
  • Svoboda Excavating Inc., Lakefield, for stormwater violations, $785
  • Sumac Properties Inc., Northfield, for stormwater violations, $714
  • Marine Tech LLC, Tower, for stormwater violations, $570
  • Living Water Gardens Inc., Wells, for air quality violations, $500

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