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.
Other MPCA regional offices are located in Duluth, Brainerd, Detroit Lakes, Mankato, and Rochester.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Penalties from all 31 cases totaled just over $170,000.
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.
The facility, which is used to wash freshly laid eggs, generates about 6,000 gallons of wastewater a day.
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.
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.
There is more to do if Minnesota’s namesake river is to meet water quality standards designed to protect river life and recreation.
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.
The affected area includes the entire Twin Cities metro, Marshall, Rochester, St. Cloud and the Tribal Nation of Upper Sioux.
The affected area includes the Twin Cities Metro, Saint Cloud, Hinckley and the Tribal Nation of Mille Lacs.
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.
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.
The project will run for two years and will monitor fine particles, ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and carbon monoxide.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Penalties from all 48 cases totaled just over $450,000.