News releases

Nine smart salting tips that protect Minnesota waters Tuesday, December 5, 2017

We scatter an estimated 365,000 tons of salt in the metro area each year — but it only takes a teaspoon of salt to permanently pollute five gallons of water.

MPCA office in Willmar to close permanently on December 8 Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Other MPCA regional offices are located in Duluth, Brainerd, Detroit Lakes, Mankato, and Rochester.

Sugar processor to pay fine for odor problems and other environmental issues Tuesday, November 21, 2017

American Crystal Sugar Company has agreed to pay a fine and take steps to prevent hydrogen sulfide emissions at facilities in East Grand Forks and Crookston, following an enforcement action by the MPCA.

Environmental review is underway for two Nobles County hog farms Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Environmental review is underway for two new hog farms in Nobles County. Brothers Nick and Andy Henning each plan to build two barns for 4,800 finishing hogs north of Worthington in Graham Lakes and Bloom townships, respectively.

MPCA releases draft environmental review for Swift County dairy Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Riverview Farms plans to build a large dairy about six miles southwest of Benson in Section 6 of Swenoda Township, Swift County. The public may submit written comments on the Swenoda Dairy Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) until 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 20, 2017.

Hog facility planned in Traverse County; environmental review underway Monday, November 13, 2017

The project will include one total confinement barn for up to 8,700 hogs with a 10-foot deep concrete liquid manure storage area, an animal composting building, an office, a workshop, three permanent stormwater ponds, three water wells and employee housing.

Twin Cities scrap metal recycler penalized for polluting Hennepin County creek Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Metro Metals Corporation agreed to pay a $20,000 penalty and complete eight compliance actions as part of an industrial stormwater and hazardous waste enforcement agreement.

MPCA completes 31 enforcement cases in third quarter of 2017 Friday, October 27, 2017

Penalties from all 31 cases totaled just over $170,000.

Three industrial slips in Duluth harbor are now closer to completion Thursday, October 26, 2017

At a combined estimated $9.9 million cost to complete the process from design through construction, the selected remedies now move into the design phase.

Le Sueur egg-washing facility fined for wastewater violations Thursday, October 19, 2017

The facility, which is used to wash freshly laid eggs, generates about 6,000 gallons of wastewater a day.

2018 Impaired waters list: Success stories surfacing for Minnesota lakes, streams Wednesday, October 11, 2017

As Minnesota continues its statewide checkup of waters and lists those failing to meet standards, some good examples of protective and restorative work are starting to surface.

Most waters in Missouri River basin fail to support fishing and swimming; restoration needed Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Stream bank erosion and stormwater runoff degrade water quality with sediment that clouds the water, excess nutrients that grow algae, and bacteria that can make the water unsafe for swimming.

Minnesota River continues to suffer in water quality despite some improvements Monday, October 2, 2017

There is more to do if Minnesota’s namesake river is to meet water quality standards designed to protect river life and recreation.

MPCA reminder: tampering with pollution control systems is illegal Thursday, September 21, 2017

The MPCA recently sent letters to repair shops and car and truck dealers advising them of their obligation under the law to not modify vehicle pollution control systems nor sell vehicles with tampered systems.

Air quality alert issued due to ozone for Friday, Sept. 15th Thursday, September 14, 2017

The affected area includes the entire Twin Cities metro, Marshall, Rochester, St. Cloud and the Tribal Nation of Upper Sioux.

Air quality alert issued due to ozone for Thursday, Sept. 14th Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The affected area includes the Twin Cities Metro, Saint Cloud, Hinckley and the Tribal Nation of Mille Lacs.

Studies on Zumbro River watershed: Trout streams need protection, others need work Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Some waters are in good shape while many need work in the Zumbro River watershed in southeastern Minnesota, according to recent studies by the MPCA, Zumbro Watershed Partnership and other partners.

MPCA releases its proposal for protecting wild rice from excess sulfide Monday, August 21, 2017

After years of research, data analysis, and consultation with tribes, the MPCA has released its proposed changes to Minnesota rules that are meant to protect wild rice from certain types of pollution.

MPCA will place air quality sensors in every Minneapolis and St. Paul ZIP code Thursday, August 17, 2017

The project will run for two years and will monitor fine particles, ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and carbon monoxide.

Hog facility in Mower County looking to expand production, environmental review underway Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Kevin Hugoson of Deer Creek Run proposes to build three additional barns, bringing the total number of swine at the facility up to 7,729.

Enhance your State Fair experience at Eco Experience 2017 Friday, August 4, 2017

The Eco Experience has become the second most visited exhibit at the fair, and is the largest environmental event of its kind, nationally, in the last two decades.

Bacteria, excessive sediment, low flows, more contribute to Red River impairments between Georgetown, Breckenridge Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Extensive monitoring and assessment of conditions in the Red River and its tributaries in the region between Georgetown and Breckenridge, including Moorhead, found excessive levels of E. coli bacteria and total suspended solids.

New Richland-area hog farm proposes doubling production; environmental review underway Thursday, July 27, 2017

Hi-Way 30 Hogs proposes to double its swine finishing facility about 4 miles west of New Richland in Waseca County, from 2,400 to 4,800 hogs.

One hundred miles of sediment mar northern Minnesota treasure Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Located in the Rainy River-Lake of the Woods River Basin, a majority of the watershed’s water quality is considered good to excellent and lake water quality is very good in 15 assessed lakes.

MPCA completes 48 enforcement cases in second quarter of 2017 Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Penalties from all 48 cases totaled just over $450,000.