MPCA completes 68 enforcement cases in second 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 68 enforcement cases in 41 counties throughout Minnesota during the second quarter of 2014. Penalties from all 68 cases totaled just over $735,000.

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. Fines issued are targeted to match the environmental harm, economic advantage gained or environmental corrective actions.

In addition to these 68 recently completed cases, the MPCA also has 107 ongoing enforcement investigations, 14 of which were opened as new cases during the second 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 68 cases completed during the second quarter of 2014:

  • Greenheck Fan Corp., dba Innovent Air Handling Equipment LLC, Minneapolis, for air quality violations, $365,000 (this includes $315,000 toward a supplemental environmental project)
  • Industrial Finishing Services, Perham, for air quality violations, $60,000
  • Minnesota Power, Duluth, for stormwater violations, $53,000 (all to be spent on a supplemental environmental project)
  • Two Harbors WWTP, Two Harbors, for water quality violations, $19,000
  • La Roche’s, Inc., Faribault, for subsurface sewage treatment systems violations, $14,000
  • Gold’n Plum Farms LLC, Sauk Rapids, for air quality violations, $10,000
  • Whistling Valley Development WWTP, Lake Elmo, for water quality violations, $10,000
  • Norway Beach, Cass Lake, for water quality violations, $8,413
  • Schriever Farm LLC, Harmony, for feedlot violations, $6,500
  • Vincent & Nancy Hajek property, Glenville, for solid and hazardous waste violations, $6,500
  • Stussy Construction, Inc., Mantorville, for stormwater violations, $5,795
  • A&F Consulting Group, Winona, for asbestos violations, $5,775
  • Sleep Inn Marshall LLC, Marshall, for stormwater violations, $5,700
  • Geo’s Paint & Finish LLC, Brainerd, for hazardous waste violations, $5,688
  • 528 Partnership LLP, St. Paul, for stormwater violations, $5,600
  • Aaron Carlson Corporation, Minneapolis, for hazardous waste violations, $5,500
  • Steven Mogard, dba Royal Flush Sanitation S&P, Ortonville, for subsurface sewage treatment systems violations, $5,400
  • Hedstrom Lumber Co., Inc., Grand Marais, for air quality violations, $5,050
  • Burns Excavating, Inc., Medina, for stormwater violations, $4,850
  • Rich Demeules, Medina, for stormwater violations, $4,850
  • Albany Recycling Center LLC, Albany, for stormwater violations, $4,700
  • Clearwater Paving, Bemidji, for stormwater violations, $4,700
  • NuCrane Manufacturing, Hutchinson, for stormwater violations, $4,700
  • Consolidated Construction Co., Inc., Marshall, for stormwater violations, $4,300
  • Westman Freightliner, Mankato, for stormwater violations, $4,200
  • Arrowhead Recycling Center, Two Harbors, for stormwater violations, $4,150
  • Castle Danger Demolition Landfill, Two Harbors, for stormwater violations, $4,150
  • AW Kuettel and Sons, Inc., Duluth, for stormwater violations, $4,083.75
  • Fosston WWTP, Fosston, for water quality violations, $4,019
  • Sam’s Well Drilling, Inc., Kevin Sorge property, Austin, for water quality violations, $4,000
  • BH Heselton Demolition Landfill, Faribault, for stormwater violations, $3,900
  • Cedar Lake Engineering, Inc., Maple Lake, for stormwater violations, $3,900
  • Concast, Inc., Zumbrota, for stormwater violations, $3,900
  • Innova Industries, Inc., Fergus Falls, for stormwater violations, $3,900
  • PaR Nuclear, Shoreview, for stormwater violations, $3,900
  • Pepsi Beverages Co., Burnsville, for stormwater violations, $3,900
  • Scott Equipment Co., New Prague, for stormwater violations, $3,900
  • Silgan Containers Mfg. Corp., Savage, for stormwater violations, $3,900
  • Viracon, Inc., Owatonna, for air quality violations, $3,700
  • Otter Tail Power Co., Hoot Lake Plant, Fergus Falls, for water quality violations, $3,550
  • Gerdau Ameristeel US, Inc., St. Paul, for air quality violations, $3,500
  • Prinsco, Inc., Prinsburg, for stormwater violations, $3,400
  • L&S Construction, Springfield, for stormwater violations, $3,000
  • Zufall Pit, Owatonna, for stormwater violations, $2,854
  • Allen & Joey Greibrok, Austin, for asbestos violations, $2,750
  • Automotive Concepts, New Hope, for air quality violations, $2,700
  • Avon Body Shop, Avon, for air quality violations, $2,500
  • Red Wing Cabinetry, Red Wing, for air quality violations, $2,025
  • Brad Moe, Chanhassen, for stormwater violations, 1,900
  • Cans R Us, Inc., Little Falls, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $1,800
  • Lake City WWTP, Lake City, for water quality violations, $1,775
  • St. Francis Medical Center, Breckenridge, for air quality violations, $1,688
  • ISD 676-Badger Public Schools, Badger, for air quality violations, $1,688
  • Lundin Construction-NM, Cromwell, for air quality violations, $1,688
  • Marcom Service, Inc., New Hope, for air quality violations, $1,688
  • Rajala Mill Company, Bigfork, for air quality violations, $1,688
  • Spring Prairie Hutterite Colony WWTP, Hawley, for water quality violations, $1,625
  • Kaufman Container, Minneapolis, for air quality violations, $1,563
  • Eugene Holst, Austin, for water quality violations, $1,500
  • Judy Marshal & Susan Kehret, c/o Patricia Woodfill, Brownsdale, for water quality violations, $1,500
  • Daniel Weaver, dba Earth Science Soil Testing, North Branch, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $1,150
  • Vreeman Construction, Raymond, for solid and hazardous waste violations, $1,150
  • Gaines Auto Salvage, dba Bridley’s Auto Salvage, Glenville, for stormwater violations, $1,150
  • Superior Truck Auto & Marine, Minnesota City, for air quality violations, $810
  • Ripley’s Inc., Erhard, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $660
  • Nick Schmitz, North Branch, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $625
  • State Bank of Easton, Wells, for asbestos violations, $500
  • Judy Machining, Inc., Goodview, for air quality violations, $500

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.