MPCA completes 72 enforcement cases in first quarter of 2018

Contact: Steve Mikkelson, 218-316-3887

In its ongoing efforts to promote environmental compliance, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency concluded 72 enforcement cases in 43 counties throughout Minnesota during the first quarter of 2018. Penalties from all 72 cases totaled just over $330,000.

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 72 recently-completed cases, the MPCA also has 39 ongoing enforcement investigations, 18 of which were opened as new cases during the first quarter of 2018.  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 72 cases completed during the first quarter of 2018:

  • USG Corporation, Cloquet, for air quality violations, $59,500
  • DENCO II LLC, Morris, for industrial wastewater violations, $22,141
  • ADM Corn Processing, Marshall, for air quality violations, $17,400
  • Boise White Paper LLC, International Falls, for industrial wastewater violations, $17,350
  • Central Bi-Products, Redwood Falls, for air quality violations, $15,500
  • Guardian Energy LLC, Janesville, for air quality violations, $10,000
  • Color-Ware Inc., Winona, for air quality violations, $8,415
  • Regional Septic Service Inc., Robert S. Durbin, Crookston, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $8,360
  • LA Nyberg Construction Inc., Belle Plaine, for underground tanks violations, $7,600
  • University of Minnesota Board of Regents, St. Paul, for hazardous waste violations, $7,095
  • Kornovich Development Company, Sartell, for construction stormwater violations, $7,000
  • Hometown BioEnergy, Le Sueur, for air quality violations, $6,380
  • Scott Judnick, Duluth, for construction stormwater violations, $6,295
  • North Oaks Co. LLC, White Bear Lake, for construction stormwater violations, $5,995
  • AmTech Ingredients, Albert Lea, for air quality violations, $5,670
  • Severson Oil Co., Harmony, for underground tanks violations, $5,510
  • Daktronics Inc., Redwood Falls, for hazardous waste violations, $5,265
  • Omar’s Sand and Gravel, Carlton, for industrial wastewater violations, $5,040
  • Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., Silver Bay, for air quality violations, $5,000
  • David L. Ohm, Grant Ohm Excavating, Audubon, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations, $4,862
  • Michael Morehouse, Stillwater, for construction stormwater violations, $4,850
  • Huepenbecker Land Holding Company LLC, Glencoe, for construction stormwater violations, $4,760
  • New Ulm Public Utilities-Municipal Power, New Ulm, for air quality violations, $4,250
  • Chuck’s Body Shop, Eagle Lake, for air quality violations, $4,000
  • Morrison Well Company Inc., Freeborn, for industrial wastewater violations, $3,600
  • Mathy Construction-Aggregate, Rochester, for industrial wastewater violations, $3,500
  • KNV Restaurants Inc., Moose Lake, for construction stormwater violations, $3,400
  • Noomen Excavating LLC, Currie, for solid waste violations, $3,300
  • Mickelson Body Shop, Hawley, for air quality violations, $3,050
  • Northern Lines Contracting, Bloomington, for construction stormwater violations, $3,010
  • Hanson Builders Inc., White Bear Lake, for construction stormwater violations, $2,975
  • Grow Perham, Perham, for construction stormwater violations, $2,950
  • Tomlinson and Sons Inc., Perham, for construction stormwater violations, $2,950
  • Kiminski Paving Inc., Moose Lake, for construction stormwater violations, $2,900
  • Drew Herbig, Tracy, for solid waste violations, $2,750
  • Greg Zajac, Minneapolis, for hazardous waste violations, $2,500
  • City of Luverne, Luverne, for municipal wastewater violations, $2,350
  • Farm Boys LLC, Parkers Prairie, for solid waste violations, $2,275
  • Ag Processing Inc., Dawson, for air quality violations, $2,100
  • City of East Bethel, East Bethel, for municipal wastewater violations, $2,100
  • David Gosch Farm, Hayfield, for industrial wastewater violations, $2,000
  • Superior Industries Inc., Morris, for hazardous waste violations, $1,990
  • Haverhill Township, Eyota, for municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) violations, $1,775
  • Ash Grove Dairy LLC, Lake Benton, for feedlot violations, $1,695
  • Donald Winkelman, Brainerd, for solid waste violations, $1,650
  • Par Piping and Fabrication LLC, Granite Falls, for air quality violations, $1,625
  • Omar’s Sand and Gravel, Carlton, for industrial wastewater violations, $1,569
  • Tousley Collision Center, White Bear Lake, for air quality violations, $1,563
  • Nevers Industries Inc., Minneapolis, for air quality violations, $1,563
  • City of Winona, Winona, for municipal wastewater violations, $1,500
  • HB Fuller Co., Vadnais Heights, for air quality violations, $1,250
  • ISD 194- Lakeville North High School, Lakeville, for air quality violations, $1,250
  • University of Minnesota Advanced Research and Diagnostic Laboratory, Minneapolis, for air quality violations, $1,250
  • CBRE, Brooklyn Center, for air quality violations, $1,250
  • ISD 194-Kenwood Trails Middle School, Lakeville, for air quality violations, $1,250
  • Premier Marine Inc., Wyoming, for air quality violations, $1,250
  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, for air quality violations, $1,250
  • RJS Paving Inc., Rice, for air quality violations, $1,250
  • R&L Woodcraft Inc., Lonsdale, for air quality violations, $1,250
  • Bruce Ogle, Blackduck, for industrial wastewater violations, $1,250
  • Roseau County, Roseau, for solid waste violations, $1,000
  • Keith and Merrill Frantsen, Windom, for solid waste violations, $1,000
  • Sartell Youth Recreation Center, Sartell, for construction stormwater violations, $975
  • Landwehr Construction, Sartell, for construction stormwater violations, $975
  • Zych Feedlot Inc., Beardsley, for feedlot violations, $975
  • Nelson Recycling Inc., Pine City, for solid waste violations, $975
  • S&A Land Clearing Inc., Dellwood, for construction stormwater violations, $910
  • City of Medicine Lake, Medicine Lake, for municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) violations, $910
  • Integrity Commercial Holdings LLC, Stewartville, for construction stormwater violations, $800
  • AB Systems, Stewartville, for construction stormwater violations, $800
  • Gina Sadowski, Dellwood, for construction stormwater violations, $490

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