News releases

MPCA completes 72 enforcement cases in first quarter of 2018 Monday, April 23, 2018

Penalties from all 72 cases totaled just over $330,000.

MPCA permit governing runoff from construction sites has new benefits for permittees Friday, April 20, 2018

The existing permit is set to expire in August, and the proposed permit features some added flexibility and reduced waiting periods that will benefit permitted contractors.

Public comment period extended for two draft Duluth urban streams reports Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The reports focus on human-related activities — and possible remedies — for impairments in 11 of 16 state-designated trout streams.

By foot and by boat, volunteers take to the water to collect valuable data Wednesday, April 18, 2018

More than 1,300 citizen monitors gather data for the MPCA, but more are needed to reach the 69,000 miles of rivers and more than 12,000 lakes in the state.

Draft water quality reports offer opportunities for South Fork Crow River watershed improvements Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Buffer strips are the top water-quality improvement strategy in the South Fork Crow River watershed, according to new draft reports released by the MPCA.

Proposed Northern Metals facility in Becker open for permitting, environmental review comments Monday, April 16, 2018

Northern Metals plans to construct a scrap-metal recycling center in Becker’s general industrial area.

MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed hog feedlot expansion in Nobles County Monday, April 16, 2018

A new barn for 2,400 finishing hogs will expand the operation to maximum capacity of 4,800.

Investing $47 million from Volkswagen settlement will result in cleaner air in Minnesota Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The MPCA released a draft state plan for public comment in February of 2018, and the final version balances and reflects the large amount of wide-ranging input heard.

Three Grant County feedlot projects open for permitting, environmental review comments Monday, April 9, 2018

Spring Valley Farms LLP is proposing to build two new swine feedlots and expand an existing site about four miles northeast of Nashua in the northwest corner of Grant County.

New studies find that land alterations impair fish, insects, and recreation in Bois de Sioux River Watershed Monday, April 2, 2018

To significantly improve water quality, the MPCA and its partners recommend that landowners make voluntary changes to their agricultural practices.

20 years and 400 inspiring volunteers yield priceless water quality information Thursday, March 22, 2018

More than 400 volunteers monitor 500 stream sites across the state as part of the Citizen Stream Monitoring program.

MPCA offers grants to cut air emissions, improve air quality Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Potential projects that could be funded include switching to water-based or low-VOC solvents, inks, coatings or cleaners, or buying alternative process equipment or vehicles.

Duluth’s urban streams feature trout, pollution and rays of hope Monday, March 19, 2018

Few U.S. urban areas can boast of having anything close to Duluth’s 16 state-designated trout streams and 43 named streams within the city’s boundaries, but urban streams often suffer predictable consequences.

Cloquet ceiling tile plant penalized for adverse air quality impacts Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Between July 2014 and October 2016, the company self-reported that it violated its air quality permits for emissions exceedances or missed equipment testing 32 times.

Morris ethanol plant pays penalty, takes steps to prevent polluting nearby surface waters Tuesday, March 6, 2018

In addition to paying a penalty of $22,141, the company agreed to take numerous other actions to correct problems.

Two Duluth Harbor Slips’ cleanups open for environmental review, comment Monday, March 5, 2018

On the heels of the recently-proposed Minnesota Slip cleanup, Slips C and 3 are also home to contaminated sediments from a century of marine- and shipping-related activities.

Premier scenic area also home to increasing development, impairments Monday, February 26, 2018

Lake Superior’s North Shore between Duluth’s Lester River and Beaver Bay is one of the state’s premier scenic and recreational attractions, but increasing development, altered drainage, forests and vegetation have contributed to seven impaired streams.

East metro residents will see investments in clean water and natural resources from 3M grant Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Portions of the grant will be devoted to assuring clean drinking water supplies to east metropolitan residents and others dedicated to improving the east metro’s aquatic resources and wildlife habitat.

Protect and restore St. Louis River watershed resources: MPCA reports Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Located in the Lake Superior Basin, monitoring and analysis showed water quality is fair-to-good in the watershed’s entire stream network and many of its 375 lakes.

Plan for investing $47 million from Volkswagen settlement in a better, cleaner Minnesota environment is now ready for public input Thursday, February 15, 2018

Minnesota’s draft Volkswagen plan was crafted with significant public input provided over a year of nine public meetings held across the state, nearly 300 written comments, and over 800 survey responses to determine how Minnesotans want to spend the settlement funds.

Open for comment: Environmental review of proposed Minnesota Slip cleanup project Monday, February 5, 2018

The proposal will place clean material, dredged from the Duluth/Superior harbor, on top the existing contaminated sediments.

MPCA draft PolyMet NorthMet Project permits open for public comment Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The public comment period is open Wednesday, Jan. 31 through Mar. 16, 2018.

MPCA completes 59 enforcement cases in fourth quarter of 2017; 185 cases in all of 2017 Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Penalties from all 59 cases totaled just over $450,000.

Heron Lake ethanol plant reduces emissions of hazardous air pollutants Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Heron Lake BioEnergy replaced existing equipment to burn off HAPs in its industrial exhaust, has agreed to ensure future compliance with emission limits, and paid a $63,500 penalty.

Traveling exhibit at the state Capitol celebrates water in Minnesota Friday, January 12, 2018

The exhibit employs a variety of multimedia and hands-on displays to both inform viewers and celebrate the role of water in what makes Minnesota such a special place, and will reside in the State Capitol’s ground-level East Corridor through March 9.