News releases

MPCA conducts environmental assessment for proposed swine feedlot expansion in Nobles County Monday, August 10, 2020

The MPCA released its draft permit and an environmental assessment worksheet for Aggen Farms’ proposed expansion of its swine facility in Nobles County.

Report: Rainy River makes remarkable recovery, thanks to regulations and partnerships Monday, August 10, 2020

The Rainy River is a story of recovery, international partnership, and effective environmental regulations taking a river from heavily polluted to “good to excellent” water quality, according to a report recently released by the MPCA.

MPCA extends public comment period for proposed swine feedlot in Norman County Friday, August 7, 2020

The MPCA has granted a 30-day extension for comments on a proposed large swine feedlot operation in Norman County to allow public review of results from a pending aquifer test.

MPCA seeks Minnesota schools for new electric school bus pilot project Wednesday, August 5, 2020

The MPCA today launched an innovative pilot grant project for electric school buses that will support cleaner vehicle technology and reduce harmful air pollution, including greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Sugar beet processing plant in Renville County seeks wastewater permit variance Tuesday, August 4, 2020

The Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative has applied to the MPCA for seasonal variances from several wastewater treatment standards at its beet processing plant east of Renville.

MPCA announces cleanup options for the Scanlon and Thomson reservoir sites in the St. Louis River estuary Thursday, July 30, 2020

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has released studies of two contaminated sites — the Scanlon and Thomson reservoirs — in the St. Louis River Area of Concern (AOC) that detail cleanup options for the sites.

MPCA closes 118 enforcement cases in first half of 2020 Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has concluded 118 enforcement cases in the first half of 2020.

Metropolitan Council pays $14,038 for air quality violations at south Minneapolis light-rail facility Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The Metropolitan Council’s Metro Transit paid a civil penalty of $14,308 for air quality violations at its Franklin Avenue light-rail operations and maintenance facility in south Minneapolis.

Shell Rock River Watershed reports: Nutrient pollution must significantly decrease for fish habitat, recreation to improve Monday, July 27, 2020

Nutrient pollution needs to significantly decrease — by as much as 75 percent in some waters — for lakes and streams in the Shell Rock River Watershed to better support fish and recreation, according to two reports by the MPCA and its partners.

B&H Petroleum Equipment pays $15,000 for underground storage tank violations in Freeborn and Mower counties Friday, July 24, 2020

B&H Petroleum Equipment Company of Mankato, owned by Stargate Inc., has paid a $15,000 civil penalty to the MPCA for a series of underground storage tank violations.

MPCA conducts environmental review of proposed 5.4 million gallon asphalt-storage facility in Inver Grove Heights Thursday, July 23, 2020

The MPCA released its environmental assessment worksheet for a proposed 5.4 million gallon asphalt cement storage facility in southern Inver Grove Heights.

Kerry Inc. pays $11,350 for air quality violations at Rochester plant Thursday, July 23, 2020

Kerry Inc., a maker of food ingredients and flavors, paid an $11,350 civil penalty to the MPCA for a series of air-quality violations at its facility in Rochester. 

MPCA conducts environmental assessment of proposed LJP Enterprises expansion in North Mankato Wednesday, July 22, 2020

According to a newly released Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) environmental assessment worksheet (EAW), LJP Enterprises of North Mankato LLC is proposing to double its capacity to process source-separated industrial waste, including non-recyclable plastics and wood, using a new shredder at their existing solid-waste transfer station.

Obsolete munitions to be detonated at Camp Ripley on July 22 Tuesday, July 21, 2020

If you live in the Brainerd Lakes or Little Falls areas and hear explosions on Wednesday, don’t be alarmed. An Air Force Reserve Unit from the Twin Cities will be detonating some old munitions at Camp Ripley, located at 15000 Highway 115 in Little Falls.

MPCA releases environmental review, draft permit for proposed 16,300-head swine feedlot in Norman County Monday, July 20, 2020

The MPCA released its draft permit and an environmental assessment worksheet for Barrick Family Farms’ proposed swine facility in Norman County, about four miles east of Lockhart.

Protect yourself and your pets from harmful algae blooms this summer Friday, July 10, 2020

The MPCA is asking people to be on the lookout for harmful algae blooms on lakes and rivers around the state, which can be harmful to both people and animals.

Air Quality alert issued due to ozone for Friday, July 3, for east-central and southeast Minnesota Monday, July 6, 2020

The MPCA issued an air quality alert for east-central and southeast Minnesota, effective Friday, July 3, from 12 p.m. through 8 p.m.

Koda Energy to pay $20,000 for air quality violations at biomass energy facility in Shakopee Thursday, July 2, 2020

Koda Energy, LLC, has agreed to pay a $20,000 civil penalty to the MPCA for a series of air-emission violations, dating back to 2017, at its biomass energy generation facility in Shakopee.

Cummins Power Generation, Inc. has paid $10,278 for air quality violations at generator production facility in Fridley Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Cummins Power Generation, Inc., has paid a $10,278 civil penalty to the MPCA for a series of air quality violations at its facility in Fridley.

New MPCA grants available to reduce harmful air pollution from off-road diesel equipment Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The MPCA today announced that $1.1 million in grant funds is available to replace or improve heavy-duty off-road diesel equipment eligible under the federal Diesel Emission Reduction Act.

CMI Coatings Group pays $12,100 for air quality violations at industrial facility in Hugo Tuesday, June 30, 2020

CMI Coatings Group, Inc., has paid a $12,100 civil penalty to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) for a series of air quality violations.

Cambria Company to pay $10,200 penalty for environmental violations in Le Sueur facility Thursday, June 25, 2020

Cambria Company, a producer of natural stone surfaces for countertops and other uses, has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $10,200 to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) for environmental violations at its Le Sueur facility.

Lakeside Foods in Owatonna pays $11,225 penalty for environmental violations Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Lakeside Foods, a producer of frozen and canned food products, has paid a civil penalty of $11,225 to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) for environmental violations at its Owatonna facility.

Spring Prairie in rural Clay County to pay $10,500 penalty for solid waste violations Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Spring Prairie Hutterian Brethren, Inc., a Hutterite colony near Hawley, has agreed to pay a $10,500 civil penalty to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) for violations related to stockpiling and burning solid waste on the community’s property in Clay County.

MPCA releases environmental review of proposed swine farm expansion in Nobles County Monday, June 15, 2020

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency today released its environmental assessment worksheet for the expansion of the Van Ede swine farm in Nobles County.