In addition to paying a $49,325 penalty, the company is working to complete a series of actions to correct identified problems.
The company has also paid a $30,000 penalty to the MPCA as part of the agreement to bring the company into compliance with environmental laws.
Focusing on local use of recycled materials in manufacturing wherever possible has created economic development opportunities around the state.
The 20 ethanol plants in Minnesota produce more than one billion gallons of clean biofuel annually providing a market for more than 400 million bushels of corn.
Two new studies by the MPCA and local watershed partners recommend Thief River watershed landowners promote voluntary practices to reduce water pollution and improve water quality. The draft reports are available for comment through July 25, 2018, at 4:30 p.m.
If manure-storage facilities overflow, if manure enters surface waters, or if a storage structure is inundated by floodwaters, farmers must call the Minnesota Duty Officer immediately at 800-422-0789.
CJ Swine, LLC proposes to build a swine finishing feedlot about three miles west of Pipestone in Sweet Township. The public may submit written comments on the proposal until 4:30 p.m. on July 18, 2018.
Riverview, LLP is proposing to develop an 11,000-head Jersey dairy farm just east of Tintah in Grant County in the Bois de Sioux watershed. MPCA is accepting comments on the project’s environmental review through July 18, 2018.
Only one of 67 streams and 152 lakes evaluated for water quality standards along Lake Superior’s far North Shore does not meet the state’s criteria, according to two draft reports open for public comment through July 19, 2018.
The proposal is to build a new 4,890-head swine farrowing facility about 10 miles east of Harmony in Newburg Township, Fillmore County.
The watershed that includes the iconic Mississippi River Headwaters has very good overall water quality, and forest protection is critical to preserve it.
The affected area includes the Twin Cities metro, Rochester, and Albert Lea.
The public may submit written comments on the Klemmensen EAW until 4:30 p.m. June 27, 2018.
This work is funded by the Clean Water Fund from the constitutional amendment passed by voters in 2008.
MWPC has seen an increase in waste processing from approximately 43,000 tons per year in 2015 to more than 60,000 tons per year in 2017.
The studies found that Bois de Sioux River Watershed water pollution is linked to land alterations designed to promote soil drainage, such as stream channelization and ditching.
The lawsuit claims the EPA acted arbitrarily and capriciously, failed to follow its own Clean Car regulations, and violated the Clean Air Act.
The proposed project would include two barns, an animal mortality composting building, a large stormwater basin, and a livestock watering well.
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.