A total of 9,600 finishing hogs would be housed at two new sites each holding two barns, with each barn housing 2,400 head.
The agency engaged Minnesota Native American tribes, elected officials, businesses and municipal wastewater systems that may be impacted by the rule, and also received thousands of comments from environmental advocacy groups, other stakeholders and the public.
To be eligible for this recognition, facilities were required to submit all reports to the MPCA correctly and on time, demonstrate consistent compliance through monitoring, operations, and maintenance, and employ staff certified by the MPCA in wastewater operations.
Penalties from all 72 cases totaled just over $330,000.
The affected area includes the cities of Roseau, Bemidji, East Grand Forks, Moorhead, Brainerd, Alexandria, Saint Cloud and Ortonville and the tribal nations of Red Lake, Leech Lake and Mille Lacs.
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.
The reports focus on human-related activities — and possible remedies — for impairments in 11 of 16 state-designated trout streams.
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.
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.
Northern Metals plans to construct a scrap-metal recycling center in Becker’s general industrial area.
A new barn for 2,400 finishing hogs will expand the operation to maximum capacity of 4,800.
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.
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.
To significantly improve water quality, the MPCA and its partners recommend that landowners make voluntary changes to their agricultural practices.
More than 400 volunteers monitor 500 stream sites across the state as part of the Citizen Stream Monitoring program.
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.
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.
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.
In addition to paying a penalty of $22,141, the company agreed to take numerous other actions to correct problems.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The proposal will place clean material, dredged from the Duluth/Superior harbor, on top the existing contaminated sediments.