News releases

J&B Feedlot allowed discharges from unpermitted lots, manure stockpiles near 7 Mile Creek Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Owner failed to properly maintain stockpiles of manure and feed, resulting in discharges to nearby shoreland, creek.

Ardent Mills in Hastings failed to conduct more than 300 daily emission inspections, among other violations Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Company failed to notify MPCA of equipment removal and construction projects

MPCA study shows more than 80% of the Minnesota River Headwaters Watershed fails to meet water quality standards Tuesday, January 11, 2022

New draft reports released by the MPCA find that the majority of monitored stream sections and lakes in the Minnesota River Headwaters Watershed are not meeting water quality standards.

MPCA reports: Protecting good water quality a priority for Rapid River Watershed Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Two new reports by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) show water quality in the Rapid River Watershed near Baudette in far north-central Minnesota is generally good.

Five Star Dairy penalized for manure runoff into Buffalo Creek Tuesday, December 14, 2021

According to a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) enforcement investigation, mismanagement of feed and manure storage areas at Five Star Dairy, near Gaylord, allowed manure contaminated runoff to drain into nearby Buffalo Creek in the spring of 2021.

Carver County, Veit Companies penalized for damages to Chaska wetland Tuesday, December 14, 2021

According to a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) enforcement investigation, Carver County and Veit Companies, LLC, failed to adequately use sediment control measures during summer 2021 construction at the Trunk Highway 5 Regional Trail.

MPCA, DNR: Minnesota’s lake ice season decreased by up to 14 days due to climate change Friday, December 10, 2021

Climate change is chipping away at Minnesota’s winter ice, according to data by the MPCA and DNR. On average, the state has lost 10 to 14 days of lake ice over the past 50 years.

Holst Township, Triple D Construction completed road project without required permits Thursday, December 9, 2021

According to an MPCA enforcement investigation, Holst Township and Triple D Construction & Leasing, Inc., completed a road project in July 2020, without obtaining required construction stormwater permits.

MPCA finds no impact on groundwater, increased greenhouse gas emissions in proposed Burnsville Sanitary Landfill expansion Tuesday, December 7, 2021

The MPCA today released its final supplemental environmental impact statement analysis for the proposed expansion of the Burnsville Sanitary Landfill, determining the expansion would not affect groundwater quality.

MPCA continuing progress in St. Louis River Area of Concern with upcoming Munger Landing cleanup project Tuesday, November 23, 2021

The MPCA today released its environmental assessment of a project to remove decades-old legacy pollution from the Munger Landing area in Duluth.

Five Minnesota school districts, including Faribault and Osseo, to benefit from Minnesota’s new electric school bus pilot project Wednesday, November 10, 2021

MPCA announced awards of more than $2.1 million in grants for its innovative electric school bus pilot project.

Minnesota adds 305 streams and lakes to its impaired waters list, including new PFAS waters in Greater Minnesota Monday, November 8, 2021

The MPCA is proposing to add 305 water bodies with 417 new impairments to the state’s impaired waters list;  thirty-one waters to be removed because of improving water quality.

MPCA offers $1M in grants to increase reuse and improve recycling and composting in Greater Minnesota Thursday, October 21, 2021

The MPCA is now accepting applications for grant funding to help expand or improve recycling and composting programs in Greater Minnesota.

Crenlo Cab Products, LLC penalized for air emission and hazardous waste violations Thursday, October 14, 2021

According to a MPCA enforcement investigation, Crenlo Cab Products, LLC, failed to meet several air quality and hazardous waste permit requirements in 2019 and 2020.

Boise White Paper LLC penalized for releasing 1.4 million gallons of untreated wastewater to Rainy River Thursday, September 30, 2021

According to an MPCA enforcement investigation, Boise White Paper LLC in International Falls discharged approximately 1.4 million gallons of untreated wastewater to the Rainy River as a result of power outages in October 2020 and May 2021.

Al-Corn Clean Fuel LLC had uncontrolled air emissions at Claremont facility in 2018-19 Thursday, September 30, 2021

After a four-year investigation, the MPCA found Al-Corn Clean Fuel LLC had uncontrolled emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), particulate matter, and nitrogen oxide emissions in 2018-19.

Denco II LLC consistently exceeded industrial wastewater and stormwater limits at Morris ethanol facility Thursday, September 30, 2021

Denco II LLC consistently exceeded pollutant limits in its industrial wastewater and stormwater discharges at its ethanol production facility in Morris.

Hawkins, Inc., storage tank violations were potential threat to Mississippi River at facility in St. Paul Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Hawkins, Inc., has corrected multiple aboveground storage tank violations at one of its bulk chemical storage facilities in St. Paul.

MPCA offers grants to reduce harmful air pollution from off-road diesel equipment Tuesday, September 14, 2021

MPCA announces approximately $1 million in grant funds available to replace or improve heavy-duty off-road diesel equipment eligible under the federal Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA).

MPCA reports: Protection rather than restoration is priority for two Boundary Waters watersheds Monday, August 30, 2021

Protection strategies are crucial to protect water quality of lakes and streams in the watersheds bordering the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota according to four draft reports by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).

State announces comprehensive drinking water plan for 14 East Metro communities impacted by PFAS Wednesday, August 18, 2021

The MPCA and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today released a drinking water supply plan for the 14 communities impacted by 3M’s PFAS contamination in the East Metro.

3M, American Crystal Sugar, Archer Daniel Midland among 90 compliance and enforcement cases at MPCA in first half of 2021 Friday, August 6, 2021

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) closed 90 enforcement cases for air quality, waste, stormwater, and wastewater violations in the first half of 2021.

Kerry Biofunctional Ingredients facility in Rochester illegally discharges wastewater into area ponds and wetlands Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Kerry Biofunctional Ingredients, Inc., a maker of food ingredients and flavors, violated several state environmental regulations, including illegal discharges into area wetlands and failing to obtain or renew required permits.

As temps rise, so does potential for harmful algae and need to reduce pollution Monday, August 2, 2021

This year’s persistent hot, dry conditions are increasing the potential for algal blooms, including the kind that can be harmful to people and pets.

MPCA offering more than $1.7 million in grants to replace old diesel school buses with new, cleaner models Tuesday, July 27, 2021

The MPCA is offering more than $1.7 million to replace old diesel school buses with new, cleaner diesel, propane, or natural gas models.