News releases

MPCA recognizes critical work of 292 wastewater facilities across Minnesota for operational excellence Friday, April 16, 2021

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is recognizing 292 wastewater treatment plants across Minnesota for outstanding permit compliance.

Marsh River Watershed reports highlight water quality issues; show where corrective actions might have greatest impact Monday, April 12, 2021

New draft reports released by the MPCA recommend widespread implementation of best management practices in the Marsh River Watershed to restore polluted bodies of water and protect healthy ones.

Jordan Sands pays $20,000 for wastewater violations in North Mankato Thursday, April 1, 2021

Jordan Sands, a sand mining and processing company based in North Mankato, has paid a $20,000 civil penalty to the MPCA for wastewater violations.

Washington County and Arnt Construction pay $12,000 for construction stormwater violations in Willernie Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Washington County and Hugo-based Arnt Construction Company, Inc., have paid a $12,000 civil penalty to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) for construction stormwater violations in Willernie.

Environmental review of proposed dairy in Chippewa County open for public comment Tuesday, March 30, 2021

The MPCA today released for public review the draft permit and environmental assessment worksheet EAW, including estimated greenhouse gas GHG emissions for a proposed dairy in Chippewa County.

Northstar Materials pays $17,525 for industrial wastewater violations Monday, March 29, 2021

Northstar Materials, Inc., dba Knife River Materials, has paid a $17,525 civil penalty to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) for industrial wastewater violations at a nonmetallic aggregate mining facility near Mentor.

Wm Scepaniak, Inc., pays $11,030 for industrial wastewater violations Monday, March 29, 2021

Wm Scepaniak, Inc., an aggregate mining company based in Holdingford, Minn., has paid an $11,030 civil penalty to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) for industrial wastewater violations at a nonmetallic aggregate mining facility near Mentor.

MPCA, northern Minnesota leaders appeal for investment to help communities prepare for extreme weather Tuesday, March 23, 2021

MPCA Commissioner Laura Bishop, area lawmakers, local mayors, and representatives from the insurance industry and regional development commission today made a public appeal to the Legislature to pass a $2.9 million funding proposal that would help communities prepare for extreme rain events and other climate change impacts.

MPCA, Red Lake Nation DNR identify strategies to improve water quality in Upper/Lower Red Lake Watershed Monday, March 22, 2021

Local, state, and tribal agencies are working across borders to protect lakes and streams in the Upper and Lower Red Lake Watershed of northwest Minnesota.

Nearly 60 closed landfills in 41 counties have PFAS contamination in groundwater that exceeds the state's health value Thursday, March 18, 2021

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) today announced per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination in groundwater at 59 closed landfills in 41 counties. Fifteen closed landfills have PFAS contamination that exceeds state health-based guidance values by at least 10 times.

Underway: MPCA environmental review of Owatonna's wastewater treatment expansion Tuesday, March 2, 2021

The City of Owatonna in southern Minnesota is proposing to expand and upgrade its wastewater treatment facility. The MPCA has drafted a permit for the discharged wastewater that would limit several potential pollutants.

$100 million in investments account for healthier Sauk River Chain of Lakes; further protection still needed Monday, March 1, 2021

New MPCA report cites work by local partners for water quality improvements.

MPCA, Northwestern Minnesota leaders appeal for investment to help communities prepare for extreme weather Friday, February 26, 2021

MPCA Commissioner Laura Bishop, area lawmakers, local mayors, and representatives from building trades and the insurance industry today made a public appeal to the Legislature to pass a $2.9 million funding proposal that would help communities prepare for extreme rain events and other climate change impacts.

New MPCA report: Cleaner tributaries, less phosphorus in discharges will help reduce algae blooms in Lake of the Woods Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Findings are the result of state, local and international partners working together to better understand and address excessive algae blooms in this iconic lake.

Air quality alert issued for east-central and southeast Minnesota Friday, February 19, 2021

The MPCA has issued an air quality alert due to fine particles for east-central and southeast Minnesota, effective Friday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m. through Sunday, Feb. 21, at 12 p.m. The affected area includes the Twin Cities metro, St. Cloud, Rochester, Albert Lea, Winona, and the tribal nation of Prairie Island.

MPCA awards market development grants to four Minnesota recycling companies Thursday, February 18, 2021

Citing win-win for environment and economy, MPCA awards new market development grants to four Minnesota recycling companies

MPCA, state agencies reveal a statewide blueprint to address PFAS Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Governor Walz requests $3 million to protect drinking water, farmland, and fish from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

MPCA closes 104 compliance and enforcement cases in second half of 2020 Friday, January 29, 2021

The MPCA had 104 closed enforcement cases for air quality, waste, stormwater and wastewater violations in the second half of 2020.

This winter, Minnesotans can do their part to put lakes and streams on a badly needed low-salt diet Thursday, January 21, 2021

Snow and ice in the forecast means it’s deicer season. Salt is commonly over-applied, sending too much chloride into our waterways and wreaking havoc for fish and other wildlife.

New water quality reports: Kettle River and Upper St. Croix River watersheds healthy overall but need protection against phosphorus and bacteria threats Monday, January 11, 2021

Lakes, rivers, and streams in the Kettle River and Upper St. Croix River watersheds are healthy overall, but restoration and protection efforts must continue to combat water quality threats from phosphorus and bacteria.

U.S. Steel pays $17,550 penalty for wetland damage at its Keetac facility in Keewatin Wednesday, December 30, 2020

U.S. Steel’s Keetac facility in Keewatin has paid a $17,550 civil penalty to the MPCA for its failure to prevent sediment from washing into an adjacent wetland at Keetac’s facility on multiple occasions and failure to report the incidents in a timely manner.

Dispose of holiday greens and Christmas trees correctly to protect Minnesota’s urban and rural trees Monday, December 21, 2020

Holiday greenery brings joy and delight, but is there a humbug lurking in your décor? Trees and boughs can provide diseases and invasive species from out of state the perfect ride into our landscape.

Minnesota drives forward with clean car standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions Friday, December 18, 2020

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) today announced it is moving forward with the rulemaking process to adopt clean car emission standards, similar to those in 14 other states. The MPCA’s Notice of Intent to Adopt Rule will be published in the State Register on Monday, December 21, 2020.

Taracon Precast LLC in rural Clay County pays $18,435 penalty for sediment runoff; lack of required permits, stormwater controls Wednesday, December 16, 2020

The MPCA cited the business based on inspections conducted this past summer and after receiving a written complaint. In addition to the civil penalty, the business has completed several corrective actions, including designing a permanent stormwater treatment system for the site.

67 stream segments and 24 lakes in the Des Moines River Basin impaired for swimming and aquatic life Monday, December 7, 2020

MPCA, local partners identify recommendations to improve area water quality