MPCA holds Northern Metal Recycling accountable for false emissions reporting and violating the public’s trust

Contact: Darin Broton, 651-226-0078

Saint Paul, Minn. — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency today announced it has reached a settlement agreement with Northern Metal Recycling regarding its errors in reporting emission records. Under the settlement, Northern Metal Recycling admitted it submitted inaccurate emissions records to the MPCA and will permanently shut down its Minneapolis shredder operations by 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019.  

MPCA Commissioner Laura Bishop released the following statement:

“Minnesota expects its corporate citizens to do the right thing and follow its permit requirements. Northern Metal Recycling broke the public’s trust and showed a willful disregard toward its neighbors. These serious violations required a swift and proportional action.”

In addition, the MPCA is able to reopen Northern Metal Recycling’s permit for the new Becker, Minn., facility to incorporate additional monitors and reports for its pollution control equipment. The company is also required to pay a $200,000 civil penalty by October 1, 2019.

The settlement agreement is available on the MPCA’s website.