MPCA completes 58 enforcement cases in fourth quarter of 2014; 251 cases in all of 2014

Contact: Steve Mikkelson, 218-316-3887 or toll-free at 1-800-657-3864

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 fourth quarter of 2014. Penalties from all 58 cases totaled $469,815.

In all of 2014, the MPCA concluded 251 cases, totaling just under $1.835 million.

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 97 ongoing enforcement investigations, 12 of which were opened as new cases during the fourth quarter of 2014. 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.

Here’s a brief summary of all 58 cases completed during the fourth quarter of 2014:

  • Jordan Transformer LLC, Jordan, for air quality violations, $85,000
  • Tiller Corp., North Branch, for air quality violations, $85,000
  • Barrel o’ Fun Snack Foods, Perham, for wastewater violations, $45,000
  • City of Hastings, Max Steininger Inc., for stormwater violations, $40,000
  • Carl Bolander & Sons Construction Co., St. Paul, for stormwater violations, $29,385
  • Corn Plus, Winnebago, for air quality violations, $25,141
  • Carley Foundry Inc., Blaine, for air quality violations, $16,000
  • St. Michael PPI LLC, St. Michael, for solid waste violations, $10,800
  • ADM, Red Wing, for air quality violations, $10,000
  • Certain Teed Corp, Shakopee, for air quality violations, $10,000
  • Moose Lake wastewater treatment plant, Moose Lake, for wastewater violations, $6,244
  • Denco II LLC, Morris, for air quality violations, $6,000
  • American Crystal Sugar, East Grand Forks, for air quality violations, $5,625
  • City of Victoria, for stormwater violations, $5,540
  • Minger Construction Inc., Victoria, for stormwater violations, $5,500
  • Murray County Highway Department, Hadley, for stormwater violations, $5,100
  • Bill Bagely, Belgrade, for solid waste violations, $4,900
  • Dave Fetketter, Eitzen, for solid waste violations, $4,500
  • POET Biorefining, Preston, for air quality violations, $4,025
  • Automotive Concepts, New Hope, for air quality violations, $4,000
  • Avon Body Shop, Avon, for air quality violations, $4,000
  • Kaufman Container, Minneapolis, for air quality violations, $3,400
  • Northfield wastewater treatment plant, Northfield, for stormwater violations, $3,240
  • Fergus Power Pump Inc., Fergus Falls, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $2,750
  • Rivard Cos. Inc., East Bethel, for stormwater violations, $2,625
  • Maschler Septic Consultants, Brainerd, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $2,600
  • Pearson Candy Co., St. Paul, for water quality violations, $2,475
  • WalMart Store 1757, Hermantown, for wastewater violations, $2,187
  • Dennis Barnett Property, Sturgeon Lake, for solid waste violations, $2,000
  • Progressive Truck Body Repair, Rochester, for air quality violations, $1,875
  • Griffin Construction Co. Inc., Pickwick, for stormwater violations, $1,825
  • Winona County, Pickwick, for stormwater violations, $1,825
  • Hutch Auto Body, Hutchinson, for air quality violations, $1,688
  • Bremseth Body Shop, Rochester, for air quality violations, $1,688
  • MAACO Auto Painting, Little Canada, for air quality violations, $1,688
  • Olson Paint & Body Shop, Minneapolis, for air quality violations, $1,688
  • R-Way Trailer Manufacturing LLC, Long Prairie, for air quality violations, $1,625
  • Winco Inc., Le Center, for air quality violations, $1,563
  • Stillwater Collision and Restoration Inc., Stillwater, for air quality violations, $1,563
  • Kuehn Motor Co., Spring Valley, for air quality violations, $1,438
  • M&J Construction Co., Newfolden, for air quality violations, $1,438
  • Master Collision Group LLC, Minneapolis, for air quality violations, $1,438
  • PW Service, dba Precision Wheel Service, Hopkins, for air quality violations, $1,438
  • Schilling Graphics Inc., Owatonna, for air quality violations, $1,438
  • Robert Bartel, dba B&T Sales, Baxter, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $1,350
  • Ryan Contracting Co., Victoria, for stormwater violations, $1,040
  • 3M — Specialty Additives, Cottage Grove, for air quality violations, $1,000
  • Craig and Ramona Gwin, Brownsdale, for water quality violations, $1,000
  • Danielle Lang, Isanti, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $1,000
  • David Simcox, Kettle River, for water quality violations, $1,000
  • David Voigt, Taopi, for water quality violations, $1,000
  • Gene Studer, Rose Creek, for water quality violations, $1,000
  • Zack Sand and Gravel, Cloquet, for stormwater violations, $870
  • Heritage Court LLC, Waite Park, for stormwater violations, $800
  • PICO Northstar Hallock LLC, Kennedy, for wastewater violations, $750
  • Olson’s Excavating, Duluth, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $650
  • Buberl Black Dirt Inc., Stillwater, for solid waste violations, $550
  • M&M Contractors, Breckenridge, for subsurface sewage treatment violations, $550

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, call Stephen Mikkelson, Information Officer, at 218-316-3887 or toll free at 800-657-3864.