News releases

MPCA requests comments on environmental assessment of Elk River’s wastewater treatment expansion Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is inviting public comment on an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for the City of Elk River’s wastewater treatment expansion and improvements. The 30-day comment period will end Oct. 1, 2014.

MPCA penalizes St. Paul Park Refining for endangering the Mississippi River with benzene Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has fined St. Paul Park Refining Co. for failing to properly treat, store and dispose of benzene-containing wastewater at its refinery in St. Paul Park.

What's new with the Eco Experience in 2014? Monday, August 18, 2014

The Minnesota State Fair’s history in agriculture, arts, innovation, and youth projects is kept alive in the fair’s environmentally themed building, the Eco Experience.

Comments sought on draft report about water pollution in Pomme de Terre River watershed Monday, August 18, 2014

A draft report about water pollution in portions of the Pomme de Terre River watershed in west-central Minnesota is open for public review and comment from Aug. 18 through Sept. 17.

MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed hog feedlot in Blue Earth County Monday, August 18, 2014

Troy Phillips of rural Janesville is proposing to build a hog feedlot southeast of Mankato. The feedlot would consist of two total-confinement barns, each with 2,400 hogs. Manure would be stored in reinforced concrete pits under each barn.

Study: Except for bacteria in some creeks, Lake Pepin tributaries are in good shape Friday, August 15, 2014

While many streams flowing to Lake Pepin in southeastern Minnesota offer high water quality and need protection, a handful of trout streams need reductions in bacteria levels, according to a study by local partners and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).

Inspiring kids to love nature: Visit the Nature Adventure play yard at Eco Experience Friday, August 15, 2014

Inspiring kids to love nature is the best way to encourage them to protect our environment and teach them to be part of something bigger than themselves.

We Can all #BeeMNnice at Eco Experience! Thursday, August 14, 2014

Come learn all about pollinators and view our beautiful gardens and displays, right in the front yard of Eco Experience!

What do local assets, tree planting and photos from Minnesotans have in common? Find out at Eco Experience Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Minnesota’s climate is changing. At this year’s Eco Experience  find out how Minnesotans are adapting to the changing climate and what they are doing to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to ensure climate change remains manageable in the future.

Teslas and tire pressure: What's new in air quality in Minnesota? Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Discover how day-to-day actions can improve the air we breathe at this year’s Eco Experience at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair.

Water quality improvement report drafted for North Fork Crow River watershed Monday, August 11, 2014

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is seeking comments on a water quality improvement report for the North Fork Crow River watershed. 

What do Sara's Tipsy Pies and Peace Coffee have in common? Find out at Eco Experience! Friday, August 8, 2014

You can’t have a great Minnesota get-together without food! The Eco Experience tells the story behind the best locally grown and produced food at the Healthy Local Foods Exhibit, presented by Renewing the Countryside.

MPCA urges Minnesota businesses to apply for industrial stormwater permit Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A newly-re-issued industrial stormwater permit may affect thousands of businesses and organizations that need to apply or re-apply for permit coverage.

See the World's Largest Wad of Paper at the Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Look at your trash from a new perspective. Stop by the Eco Experience and learn a few behavior changes that can resonate with your readers, listeners and viewers. This behavior change could lead to less trash in our landfills and more resources for Minnesota companies.

What is New and Cutting Edge in Building and Remodeling? Thursday, July 31, 2014

Many people are remodeling or constructing their homes to save energy and be more sustainable. The Eco Experience will feature new building and home energy exhibits to help you save on energy costs and reduce your environmental impact.

Take a Break: Free, Family-Fun in Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Eco Experience is a-can’t-miss for kids at the Minnesota State Fair. Join us for free environmentally friendly hands-on activities inside and outside the building! Fairgoers of all ages can learn about the environment and eco-friendly living in a fun, interactive way.

Minnesota says EPA wrong to reverse Mesabi Nugget variance decision Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator at Region 5 in Chicago asserting the EPA was wrong to disapprove a water-quality variance for the Mesabi Nugget facility that it had earlier approved. The letter requests the EPA to reconsider and reverse its decision.

New law to get more mercury out of the waste stream takes effect Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Beginning Friday, August 1, 2014, no mercury-containing products will be allowed into a solid waste or wastewater disposal system, or a solid waste processing or disposal facility.

Tractor business correcting environmental violations Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Lee J. Sackett, Inc., a tractor repair and restoration business in Steele and Mower counties, is correcting several environmental violations as part of a recent agreement with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).

Environmental impact report prepared for Wright County landfill project Monday, July 21, 2014

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has prepared a draft Environmental Impact Statement, or EIS, on a proposed construction project at the Advanced Disposal Rolling Hills solid waste landfill in Wright County.

What's new at the Eco Experience in 2014? Monday, July 21, 2014

The Minnesota State Fair’s history in agriculture, arts, innovation, and youth projects is kept alive in the fair’s environmentally themed building, the Eco Experience.

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.