MPCA completes 52 enforcement cases in second 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 52 enforcement cases in 32 counties throughout Minnesota during the second quarter of 2018.  Penalties from all 52 cases totaled just over $366,000.

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.

When calculating penalties, the MPCA takes into account how seriously the violation affected the environment, whether it was a first time or repeat violation and how promptly the violation was reported to appropriate authorities. The agency also attempts to recover the calculated economic benefit gained by failure to comply with environmental laws.

In addition to these 52 recently-completed cases, the MPCA also has 42 ongoing enforcement investigations, 19 of which were opened as new cases during the second 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 52 cases completed during the second quarter of 2018:

  • EnTrans International LLC, Holdingford, for hazardous waste violations, $49,325
  • Scott Equipment Co., Arlington, for hazardous waste and industrial stormwater violations, $30,000
  • Hibbing Taconite Co., Hibbing, for industrial wastewater violations, $20,000
  • Chris Berry, Optimum Appliance and Recycling Center LLC, Ramsey, for hazardous and solid waste violations, $20,000
  • Crown Cork and Seal USA Inc., Faribault, for air quality violations, $15,928
  • Pipestone County, Hatfield, for construction stormwater violations, $12,995
  • Fabcon Inc., Savage, for air quality violations, $11,550
  • City of Baxter, Baxter, for municipal stormwater violations, $11,250
  • RJ Ryan Construction Inc., Eagan, for construction stormwater violations, $10,900
  • Associated Finishing Inc., Mankato, for hazardous waste violations, $10,725
  • Dale A. Larson, PDQ Sanitary Services Inc., East Grand Forks, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $10,000
  • St. Paul Engraving, Stacy, for hazardous waste and industrial stormwater violations, $9,986
  • US Home Corp, dba, Lennar, Corcoran, for construction stormwater violations, $9,725
  • United Properties, Eagan, for construction stormwater violations, $9,220
  • Duininck Inc., Hatfield, for construction stormwater violations, $8,935
  • Pro Line Painting, Minneapolis, for air quality violations, $8,688
  • Wakefield Pork Inc., Amboy, for feedlot violations, $8,200
  • Marvin Lumber and Cedar Company, Warroad, for air quality violations, $7,450
  • Blattner Energy Inc., Avon, for construction stormwater violations, $6,690
  • City of South St. Paul, South St. Paul, for municipal stormwater violations, $5,850
  • City of Barnum, Barnum, for wastewater violations, $5,541
  • Knutson Construction Services Inc., Avon, for construction stormwater violations, $5,150
  • Tom Marnik, Remer, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $5,070
  • City of Willmar, Willmar, for air quality violations, $5,065
  • Lakeside Foods Inc., Owatonna, for industrial wastewater violations, $4,945
  • Marvin Pearson, dba Pearson Livestock Trucking, Janesville, for industrial wastewater violations, $4,745
  • Crow Wing Recycling Inc., Brainerd, for industrial wastewater violations, $4,700
  • Robert Berger, Center City, for construction stormwater violations, $4,425
  • The First State Bank of Red Wing, Chaska, for underground storage tank violations, $4,300
  • City of Worthington, Worthington, for municipal wastewater violations, $3,600
  • Armadillo Investments III LLC, St. Cloud, for construction stormwater violations, $3,340
  • BTD Manufacturing Inc., Lakeville, for air quality violations, $3,320
  • PHB Excavating LLC, Motley, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $3,080
  • United Farmers Cooperative, Bird Island, for air quality violations, $3,000
  • Fyle’s Portables, Nisswa, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $2,950
  • Nodland Construction Company, Inc., Corcoran, for construction stormwater violations, $2,520
  • The Loppet Foundation Inc., Golden Valley, for construction stormwater violations, $2,475
  • KalCon LLC, Golden Valley, for construction stormwater violations, $2,475
  • The Polk County Agricultural Fair Assoc., Fertile, for solid waste violations, $2,300
  • Alex Construction Co. Inc., Alexandria, for subsurface sewage treatment violations, $2,000
  • ETOC Company Inc., Nisswa, for construction stormwater and solid waste violations, $1,875
  • CHS Inc., Erskine, for solid waste violations, $1,755
  • Mogren Landscaping LLP, Pine Springs, for construction stormwater violations, $1,625
  • SMI & Hydraulics Inc., Porter, for air quality violations, $1,563
  • Minnesota Metal Finishing Inc., Minneapolis, for air quality violations, $1,350
  • Quality Collision Center and Sandblasting, Inver Grove Heights, for air quality violations, $1,250
  • Early Iron Restoration, Rochester, for air quality violations, $1,250
  • Rasinski Excavating Inc., Nisswa, for construction stormwater and solid waste violations, $1,175
  • Ellen Marsh Properties, Blue Earth, for subsurface sewage treatment violations, $1,000
  • City of Gary, Gary, for wastewater violations, $600
  • Doboszenski and Sons Inc., Corcoran, for construction stormwater violations, $550
  • Opinion Brewing Company LLC, Newport, for solid waste violations, $500

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