News releases

MPCA seeks comments on water quality improvement report for Crow Wing River watershed Monday, July 14, 2014

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is seeking comments on a water quality improvement report and protection plan for the Crow Wing River watershed. 

MPCA completes 68 enforcement cases in second quarter of 2014 Friday, July 11, 2014

In its ongoing efforts to promote environmental compliance, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency concluded 68 enforcement cases in 41 counties throughout Minnesota during the second quarter of 2014.

Innovent Air Handling penalized for air-quality violations Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has penalized Greenheck Fan Corp., doing business in Minneapolis as Innovent Air Handling, LLC, a manufacturer of large heavy-duty air handling systems, for operating a paint booth that did not have a required air emissions permit.

Stormwater permit violations lead to Jay Cooke State Park improvements Thursday, July 10, 2014

The corporate owner of a public boat launch on Duluth’s Island Lake reservoir recently agreed to make $53,000 in improvements at Jay Cooke State Park in lieu of paying a penalty for stormwater violations, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) announced today.

Peer review meeting for research on impacts of sulfate on wild rice Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The MPCA is seeking input from scientific peer reviewers about the agency's analysis of research on the impacts of sulfate on wild rice.

MPCA proposes to add 2 contaminated sites to Minnesota Superfund list Monday, July 7, 2014

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is proposing to add two contaminated sites to Minnesota’s Superfund list.

Industrial Finishing Services investigated by MPCA for air quality, hazardous waste violations Thursday, July 3, 2014

The metal coating company has been the subject of an MPCA investigation for air quality and hazardous waste violations at its facility in Perham.

MPCA publishes first-of-its-kind report on condition of Minnesota’s rivers and streams Wednesday, July 2, 2014

How healthy are Minnesota’s rivers and streams? How do our land use choices affect water quality and aquatic life?

After reported dog death, MPCA advises dog owners to keep pets out of algae-laden waters Thursday, June 26, 2014

The MPCA is advising pet owners to check water conditions when dogs are playing near lakes or slow-flowing streams.

Public invited to comment on draft plan to remove first of nine impairments in St. Louis River Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The St. Louis River is one step closer to becoming healthier than it has been in a generation. And today’s river enthusiasts are invited to comment on the plan designed to achieve that goal.

Gold’n Plump Farms penalized for operating equipment without a permit Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Gold’n Plump Farms recently installed and operated a new boiler and pelletizing equipment, but did so without first having the proper permit in hand.

State agency accepting proposals for water cleanup grants Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is seeking proposals for projects that will reduce nonpoint source pollution in Minnesota’s lakes, rivers and streams.

Study identifies five metro lakes in need of restoration or protection Monday, June 16, 2014

A new report by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and the Lower Mississippi River Watershed Management Organization (LMRWMO) recommends restoring or protecting five water bodies in northern Dakota County and southern Ramsey County.

Open for comment: Environmental review for proposed hog expansion in Freeborn County Thursday, June 12, 2014

The MPCA has completed an Environmental Assessment Worksheet on the proposed expansion and it is open for public comment through July 9, 2014.

Environmental review underway for propane storage expansion in Owatonna Thursday, June 12, 2014

Pirkl Gas Inc. plans to more than double its storage capacity for propane gas at 204 Mineral Springs Road in Owatonna.

Hayfield to improve sewage treatment for better water quality Monday, June 9, 2014

The City of Hayfield is planning improvements to its wastewater treatment plant that will benefit downstream waters, including the Zumbro River.

Water quality study begins in Rainy River-Headwaters watershed Monday, June 9, 2014

Water quality experts will kick off a multi-year intensive protection and restoration process for the Rainy River-Headwaters watershed at a public informational meeting on June 19, according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).

City of Mound is releasing untreated wastewater to keep sewers from backing up into homes Sunday, June 1, 2014

The city took this step to keep wastewater from backing up into the basements of an estimated 1,000 homes and acted after the MPCA)gave the city permission to bypass the untreated sewage.

Early June meetings set to discuss results of water quality monitoring in the St. Louis River Thursday, May 29, 2014

Fish will certainly one of the important topics included in upcoming meetings about the St. Louis River’s water quality.

Hawkins expansion plan is open for public review Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Hawkins, Inc. has proposed an expansion to an existing chemical storage facility in Rosemount. The MPCA has prepared an Environmental Assessment Worksheet for the proposed expansion, and is making the document available for public comment through June 11, 2014.

Freeborn County case highlights risks of burning tires, garbage Thursday, May 8, 2014

Burning tires is a bad idea for human and environmental health. Using hazardous waste to start tires on fire is an even worse idea.

MPCA begins water quality monitoring field work throughout Minnesota Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Monitoring crews from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) are beginning the seventh of a ten-year effort to assess the condition of rivers, streams, and lakes in Minnesota.  This work is funded by the Clean Water Fund from the constitutional amendment passed by voters in 2008.

Let’s talk about compost Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Did you know that between 28 and 38 percent of all waste is compostable? And that composting isn’t limited to just fruit and veggie scraps? Tea bags, tissues and even lint can be added to the compost bin. Every Minnesotan can choose to compost at home by establishing a backyard compost bin or worm compost bin.

Reports finalized on bacteria in Cottonwood and Redwood River watersheds Monday, April 21, 2014

Now that the reports have been finalized, state and local agencies will focus on projects to reduce the level of pollution.

For Earth Week, subscribe to air quality notifications by text message or email Monday, April 21, 2014

The MPCA offers text message or email alerts for residents who want to be notified about air quality in their area.