MPCA completes 65 enforcement cases in third quarter of 2014

Contact: Stephen Mikkelson, 218-316-3887

St. Paul, Minn.-- In its ongoing efforts to promote environmental compliance, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency concluded 65 enforcement cases in 37 counties throughout Minnesota during the third quarter of 2014. Penalties from all 65 cases totaled $281,960.

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 65 recently completed cases, the MPCA also has 92 ongoing enforcement investigations, 11 of which were opened as new cases during the third 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. 

The following is a brief summary of all 65 cases completed during the third quarter of 2014:

  • Saint Paul Park Refining Co., St. Paul Park, for hazardous waste violations, $40,000
  • Jason Miller, Prior Lake, for stormwater violations, $30,000
  • Lee Sackett Inc., Waltham & Ellendale Facilities, Waltham, for hazardous waste violations, $22,834
  • Le Sueur County Highway Dept., Barnett Bros. Inc., Waterville, for stormwater violations, $13,500
  • New Munich wastewater treatment plant, New Munich, for water quality violations, $10,000
  • Seifert Septic Service, Pelican Rapids, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $10,000
  • Heron Lake BioEnergy, Heron Lake, for air quality violations, $8,050
  • Arnie Foss, dba RiversEdge RV Park Inc., Becker, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $7,795
  • Severson Oil Co., Winona, for underground storage tank violations, $7,606
  • Crosslake Construction Demolition Debris Facility Inc., Crosslake, for solid waste violations, $7,500
  • Fairmont Energy Station, Fairmont, for air quality violations, $7,300
  • Highwater Ethanol LLC, Lamberton, for air quality violations, $7,000
  • Corey Seppmann Well Drilling Co. Inc., Mankato, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $6,500
  • A Northern Cesspool Inc., Anoka, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $6,250
  • Prizm Finishings, Little Falls, for wastewater violations, $5,540
  • Hellickson Farm Site, Preston, for solid waste violations, $5,350
  • Duane Cook, Wheaton, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $5,000
  • Lake Region Coop-Cenex, Maple Lake, for underground storage tank violations, $5,000
  • Bob’s Econo Pump Inc., Bemidji, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $4,698
  • New Ulm Quartzite Quarries Inc., New Ulm, for air quality violations, $4,750
  • Rick’s Towing & Auto Sales Inc., Royalton, for stormwater violations, $4,000
  • Wempen Properties LLC, North Mankato, for asbestos violations, $3,825
  • Marty Ahlman, Morristown, for solid waste violations, $3,811
  • City of South St. Paul, South St. Paul, for stormwater violations, $3,000
  • Rice Lake Construction Group, South St. Paul, for stormwater violations, $3,000
  • Rock Solid Land Co. LLC, Sauk Rapids, for wastewater violations, $2,625
  • Blooming Prairie wastewater treatment plant, Blooming Prairie, for water quality violations, $2,506
  • Veit & Company Inc., Duluth, for stormwater violations, $2,450
  • Hillside Apartments, Duluth, for stormwater violations, $2,350
  • Bernard Bus Service Inc., Chatfield, for stormwater violations, $2,095
  • Riverside Sand and Gravel, Oronoco, for wastewater violations, $2,095
  • Bruce Hilke Farm, Altura, for feedlot violations, $2,050
  • Eagan Central Maintenance Campus, Eagan, for air quality violations, $1,800
  • D&G Excavating Inc., Marshall, for stormwater violations, $1,750
  • Gerald Albrecht Quarries, Mizpah, for stormwater violations, $1,750
  • LG Everist Inc., Ortonville, for wastewater violations, $1,540
  • Duane and Denise Hoeft, Grand Meadow, for water quality violations, $1,500
  • Peter Winkels, Rose Creek, for water quality violations, $1,500
  • St. James Diesel Generating Plant, St. James, for air quality violations, $1,500
  • Affordable Portables, Kasson, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $1,300
  • Con-Way Central Express, Waite Park, for stormwater violations, $1,275
  • Con-Way Central Express, Fridley, for stormwater violations, $1,275
  • Con-Way Central Express, Sacred Heart, for stormwater violations, $1,275
  • Con-Way Central Express, Owatonna, for stormwater violations, $1,275
  • Lakeland Mold Co., Brainerd, for stormwater violations, $1,275
  • Billman Construction Inc., Duluth, for wastewater violations, $1,220
  • Diversified Construction of the Lakes Area Inc., Baxter, for stormwater violations, $1,000
  • DK Investments LLC, Baxter, for stormwater violations, $1,000
  • John Lang, Richmond, for solid waste violations, $1,000
  • OMG Midwest, dba Southern MN Construction, Fairmont, for solid waste violations, $1,000
  • Integrated Solid Waste Management Campus, Red Wing, for stormwater violations, $925
  • Kerry Biofunctional Ingredients Inc., Rochester, for stormwater violations, $925
  • Wencl Septic Pumping, Owatonna, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $825
  • Affinity Plus Credit Union, Bemidji, for stormwater violations, $800
  • Zetah Construction Inc., Bemidji, for stormwater violations, $800
  • Max Steininger Inc., Apple Valley, for asbestos violations, $575
  • Dennis Neisen, Arlington, for asbestos violations, $500
  • Greg Klug, Caledonia, for water quality violations, $500
  • Jacobs Industries Inc., dba Watkins Inc., Winona, for hazardous waste violations, $500
  • Ken Neisen, New Prague, for asbestos violations, $500
  • Patrick Quandt, Grand Meadow, for water quality violations, $500
  • Sheilah Quandt, Grand Meadow, for water quality violations, $500
  • Steve Citterman Farm, Ivanhoe, for feedlot violations, $500
  • Veryl Lord, Austin, for water quality violations, $500
  • Flohrs Finishing, Ormsby, for feedlot violations, $125

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