MPCA completes 58 enforcement cases in first 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 58 enforcement cases in 34 counties throughout Minnesota during the first quarter of 2015. Penalties from all 58 cases totaled $346,736.

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 58 recently completed cases, the MPCA also has 119 ongoing enforcement investigations, 16 of which were opened as new cases during the first 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 58 cases completed during the first quarter of 2015:

  • Rawlings Sporting Goods Co. Inc., Caledonia, for air quality violations, $78,000
  • Pioneer Metal Finishing, Minneapolis, for hazardous waste violations, $45,000
  • Centra Homes LLC, Woodbury, for stormwater violations, $15,600
  • RJ Ryan Construction Inc., Chanhassen, for stormwater violations, $13,562
  • United Properties, Chanhassen, for stormwater violations, $11,787
  • Joy Global Surface Mining Inc., Virginia, for air quality violations, $11,341
  • Shamrock Development Inc., Lakeville, for stormwater violations, $10,350
  • Dennis H. Jensen, Finlayson, for stormwater violations, $10,000
  • North Pine Aggregate Inc., Finlayson, for stormwater violations, $10,000
  • Central Specialties Inc., Alexandria, for air quality violations, $9,000
  • South St. Paul Rod and Gun Club, South St. Paul, for stormwater violations, $9,000
  • Chad’s Repair, Sauk Rapids, for solid and hazardous waste violations, $6,310
  • Highway 18 Collision, Brainerd, for hazardous waste violations, $6,066
  • Bruce Bucknell Construction Inc., Racine, for subsurface sewage treatment systems violations, $5,775
  • Owens Corning-Minneapolis Plant, Minneapolis, for air quality violations, $5,750
  • Alamco Wood Products LLC, Albert Lea, for hazardous waste violations, $5,100
  • River Ridge Construction LLC, Hadley, for stormwater violations, $5,100
  • Bay State Milling Co., Winona, for air quality violations, $5,000
  • Tennyson Construction Inc., Truman, for solid waste violations, $4,900
  • City of Erskine wastewater treatment plant, Erskine, for wastewater violations, $4,773
  • Anderson Contracting Inc., Solway, for stormwater violations, $4,750
  • Mumford Sanitation Transfer Station, Howard Lake, for solid waste violations, $4,575
  • Douglas Nelson, St. James, for solid waste violations, $3,876
  • Roy and Monica Munter, Nowthen, for solid waste violations, $3,850
  • KD Companies LLC, Ham Lake, for stormwater violations, $3,800
  • American Crystal Sugar, East Grand Forks, for wastewater violations, $3,650
  • Hoffman wastewater treatment plant, Hoffman, for wastewater violations, $3,333
  • Lundin Construction Co., Cromwell, for air quality violations, $3,250
  • Industrial Finishing Services Inc., New York Mills, for hazardous waste violations, $3,000
  • Lumber One Avon Inc., Northfield, for stormwater violations, $2,882
  • Fairmont wastewater treatment plant, Fairmont, for wastewater violations, $2,837
  • Matt Rahif, Rochester, for solid waste violations, $2,750
  • Roadway Construction Inc., St. James, for solid waste violations, $2,200
  • Norcraft Companies LLC, dba Mid Continent Cabinetry, Cottonwood, for hazardous waste violations, $2,062
  • Prairie Pork, Fulda, for feedlot violations, $2,000
  • Chris Milbrant, Marietta, for solid waste violations, $1,800
  • Regis Centennial Crossings Peaking, Edina, for air quality violations, $1,625
  • Stommes Construction Inc., St. Cloud, for air quality violations, $1,625
  • Genova-Minnesota Inc., Faribault, for wastewater violations, $1,555
  • O’Brien Ornamental Iron, Minneapolis, for air quality violations, $1,438
  • South Port Auto Body Inc., Apple Valley, for air quality violations, $1,438
  • Auto Body Center, Rochester, for air quality violations, $1,438
  • Collision Masters Inc., Minneapolis, for air quality violations, $1,438
  • Hoffco Inc., Wood Lake, for air quality violations, $1,438
  • Scot Christenson, dba Christenson Construction, Mountain Iron, for subsurface sewage treatment violations, $1,413
  • Cenex Harvest States, Glenwood, for stormwater violations, $1,140
  • Riley Bros. Construction Inc., Glenwood, for stormwater violations, $1,140
  • Carolyn Klenke, Racine, for water quality violations, $1,000
  • Jim Schulte, Trimont, for asbestos violations, $1,000
  • Ron Bromenschenkel Construction, Albany, for subsurface sewage treatment systems violations, $850
  • Alliance Building Corporation, Waite Park, for stormwater violations, $800
  • Altmann Family Pork, New Ulm, for feedlot violations, $800
  • East Koochiching Sanitary Sewer District, International Falls, for wastewater violations, $800
  • Rolfson Farms, Bagley, for feedlot violations, $750
  • Kirk Flom Septic Service, Faribault, for subsurface sewage treatment systems violations, $550
  • Frederick Dairy Inc., Waseca, for feedlot violations, $500
  • Lakes State Bank, Baxter, for stormwater violations, $484
  • Vahman Architects and Builders Inc., Baxter, for stormwater violations, $484

A complete summary of environmental enforcement actions and news releases can be 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.