MPCA completes 59 enforcement cases in fourth quarter of 2017; 185 cases in all of 2017

Contact: Stephen Mikkelson, 218-316-3887 or 800-657-3864

In its ongoing efforts to promote environmental compliance, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency concluded 59 enforcement cases in 40 counties throughout Minnesota during the fourth quarter of 2017. Penalties from all 59 cases totaled just over $450,000. In all of 2017, the MPCA completed 185 cases, totaling $1,523,269.

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 59 recently-completed cases, the MPCA also has 41 ongoing enforcement investigations, 17 of which were opened as new cases during the fourth 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 59 cases completed during the fourth quarter of 2017:

  • American Crystal Sugar Co., East Grand Forks & Crookston, for air quality violations, $135,000
  • Heron Lake BioEnergy LLC, Heron Lake, for air quality violations, $63,500
  • Metro Metals Corp., St. Paul, for industrial stormwater violations, $20,000
  • Pete Meyer, Plainview, for construction stormwater violations, $15,825
  • Watertown Partners LLC, Watertown, for construction stormwater violations, $14,770
  • Crown Cork and Seal Co. Inc., Owatonna, for air quality violation, $13,250
  • City of Shakopee, Shakopee, for municipal stormwater violations, $10,590
  • Bob’s Septic Service, Robert Rokes, Henning, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $9,900
  • Duininck Concrete LLC, Prinsburg, for solid waste violations, $8,590
  • Zebra Ditch Drainage Assoc., Hamburg, for construction stormwater violations, $8,175
  • Pulte Homes of Minnesota LLC, Chaska, for construction stormwater violations, $7,600
  • City of Detroit Lakes, Detroit Lakes, for municipal stormwater violations, $7,000
  • City of Appleton, Appleton, for municipal wastewater violations, $6,775
  • City of Stewartville, Stewartville, for construction stormwater violations, $6,726
  • Gerald Stensrud, Madison (MN), for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $6,295
  • City of Brainerd, Brainerd, for construction stormwater violations, $6,150
  • Rolfson Farms, Bagley, for feedlot violations, $6,125
  • Sappi Cloquet LLC, Cloquet, for air quality violations, $5,850
  • M/I Homes, dba Hans Hagen Homes, Lake Elmo, for construction stormwater violations, $5,800
  • Tom’s Backhoe Service Inc., Brainerd, for construction stormwater violations, $5,740
  • Enel Green Power North America Inc., Buffalo, for construction stormwater violations, $5,670
  • Blattner Energy Inc., Buffalo, for construction stormwater violations, $5,320
  • Gordon Schmidt, Gaylord, for feedlot violations, $4,500
  • Archer-Daniels-Midland Co., Red Wing, for air quality violations, $4,225
  • American Septic, Dale Eiffler, Hinckley, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $3,865
  • City of Barnesville, Barnesville, for municipal wastewater violations, $3,750
  • City of Clontarf, Clontarf, for municipal wastewater violations, $3,473
  • City of Danvers, Danvers, for municipal wastewater violations, $3,391
  • B&L Properties of Itasca County Inc., Grand Rapids, for construction stormwater violations, $3,350
  • Raymond and Julie Wingert, Plainview, for solid waste violations, $3,340
  • Larry I. Hansen, dba Country Road Construction, Staples, for air quality violations, $3,105
  • HealthEast Midway Health Services, St. Paul, for air quality violations, $2,700
  • Glencoe Regional Health Services, Glencoe, for construction stormwater violations, $2,675
  • Michael Debeau, Blooming Prairie, for construction stormwater violations, $2,500
  • Miller Hill Mall, Duluth, for wastewater violations, $2,450
  • North Fork Boulders and Excavating, Pine River, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $2,310
  • Wisconsin Coil Spring LLC, North Branch, for hazardous waste violations, $2,200
  • St. Louis County Board of Commissioners, Duluth, for construction stormwater violations, $2,110
  • Hasslen Construction, Glencoe, for construction stormwater violations, $2,075
  • Nendick Heating, Septic and Plumbing, Tony Nendick, Blackduck, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $2,035
  • Austin Inc., Albany, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $2,000
  • City of Sartell, Sartell, for wastewater violations, $1,800
  • Cub Foods, Duluth, for air quality violations, $1,626
  • Cub Foods, Eagan, for air quality violations, $1,625
  • Cub Foods, Burnsville, for air quality violations, $1,625
  • B&B Pumping and Portables Inc., Faribault, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $1,600
  • Pearson Candy Co., St. Paul, for air quality violations, $1,563
  • Progressive Truck Body Repair, Rochester, for air quality violations, $1,563
  • Continental Machines Inc., Savage, for air quality violations, $1,563
  • Curtis-Wright Surface Technologies, New Brighton, for air quality violations, $1,563
  • Excel Manufacturing Inc., St. Charles, for air quality violations, $1,563
  • Haugan Construction, Two Harbors, for subsurface sewage treatment violations, $1,500
  • Merricks of Minnesota LLC, Albert Lea, for air quality violations, $1,350
  • ISD 200, Hastings Middle School, Hastings, for air quality violations, $1,250
  • B&B Excavating Inc., Rob DeGroot, Faribault, for subsurface sewage treatment violations, $1,210
  • Stack Bros. Mechanical Contractors Inc., Duluth, for construction stormwater violations, $1,140
  • Maurer Finisher, Mapleton, for feedlot violations, $1,015
  • Mayonie Schock and James Meyer, Blue Earth, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $1,000
  • Lawrence Lennard Property, Andover, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $1,000

For more information about the MPCA’s enforcement activities, visit the Enforcement Primer webpage. A complete summary of environmental enforcement actions and news releases appear 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.