News releases

Wet weather challenging manure storage capacity Friday, September 23, 2016

Heavy rains over the last two months, and predictions for more on the way, have two State agencies working with livestock groups, farming organizations and counties to find options for farmers dealing with manure storage issues.

Crops, environment benefit from proper application of livestock manure on harvested fields Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fall is a busy time for farmers, and not only for the crop harvest. Livestock producers will be applying billions of gallons or pounds of stored manure to fertilize next year’s crop.

July flooding caused damage to city of Willow River wastewater ponds, repairs to be made Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The city is working with its consultant and the MPCA to repair the ponds as quickly as possible.

Hibbing taconite facility required to seek out innovative dust control technologies Thursday, September 15, 2016

In addition to correcting identified problems, the company has paid a $23,000 penalty.

North Minneapolis recycling company working with MPCA to improve air quality Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Alliance Recycling Group first company in the area to step forward to reduce and prevent air pollution

MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed hog feedlot in Goodhue County Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The public may submit written comments on the Circle K EAW until 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 5.

MPCA announces members of first Environmental Justice Advisory Group Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The group will provide input and recommendations about ways to incorporate the principles of environmental justice into the agency’s work.

Court orders Northern Metals to shut down part of its North Minneapolis operations Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Parts of the facility must be idled beginning on Sept. 2, 2016, and cannot be used until the MPCA either issues a modified air permit for the facility or the company proves to the agency that it does not cause or contribute to the ongoing air quality violations in the area.

MPCA extends comment period for draft 2016 impaired waters list Monday, August 29, 2016

The extension means the agency will now accept written comments through Sept. 30, 2016.

Comments invited on report to restore and protect waters in Redeye River watershed Monday, August 29, 2016

The report is open for public review and comment through Sept. 28, 2016.

Multiple enforcement actions lead to settlement between MPCA and Isanti biodiesel facility Monday, August 15, 2016

Violations included improper storage of hazardous materials, generating hazardous waste without a license and mismanaging hazardous waste, failing to properly inspect and maintain equipment, and operating their facilities without the required industrial wastewater and stormwater permits.

Al-Corn ethanol plant expansion proposal open for public comment Monday, August 15, 2016

The proposed expansion would increase plant production from 50 million to 130 million gallons per year of 200-proof ethanol.

Test results: Potential for harmful algae in Beaver Lake Thursday, August 11, 2016

While recent rain may have dispersed the bloom in Beaver Lake, people should still look for sludge or other matter on the water surface and shoreland.

Comments sought on Minnesota Slip’s contaminated sediment clean-up alternatives Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The MPCA, city of Duluth, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staff will be on hand to answer questions about the slip’s projects, sediment cleanup alternatives, timelines and next steps.

Nine dust emission events impacted Iron Range residents Tuesday, August 9, 2016

U.S. Steel Corporation has agreed to pay a $49,500 penalty as part of a settlement for nine state air quality violations adjacent to its taconite facility near Keewatin.

MPCA seeks comments on water quality strategy for Chippewa River Watershed Monday, August 8, 2016

The Chippewa River Watershed includes portions of Otter Tail, Grant, Douglas, Stevens, Pope, Swift, Kandiyohi, Chippewa counties, and a very small portion of Stearns.

Open for comment: Environmental review for proposed hog expansion in Faribault County Monday, August 8, 2016

The proposed expansion would double the number of finishing hogs from 2,400 in one existing barn to a total of 4,800 in two barns.

Comments invited on report restoring Whitewater River, other tributaries to Mississippi at Winona Monday, August 1, 2016

The report is open for comment through Aug. 31, 2016

MPCA completes 44 enforcement cases in second quarter of 2016 Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Penalties from all 44 cases totaled more than $480,000.

MPCA asking for comments on Douglas County beef cattle feedlot expansion by Aug. 17 Friday, July 22, 2016

The proposed project would expand the capacity of the facility from the current 970 beef feeder cattle to a capacity of 4,000 beef slaughter steers and 4,000 beef feeder cattle.

MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed hog feedlot in Nobles County Friday, July 22, 2016

The proposed hog production facility will consist of two new total confinement barns and house a total of up to 4,800 finishing hogs.

Phosphorus pollution in Sauk Lake’s southwest bay must be reduced by 41 percent, says MPCA Thursday, July 21, 2016

This TMDL report is open for public review and comment through Aug. 17, 2016.

Air pollution alert issued for Friday; ozone pollution will affect the Twin Cities metro and surrounding areas Thursday, July 21, 2016

The air pollution health alert is for the Twin Cities metro and surrounding areas, effective Friday, July 22 from 11 a.m. through 9 p.m.

Air pollution advisory for ozone issued for portions of eastern Minnesota on Thursday Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The affected area includes the Twin Cities Metro north and east to Cambridge, North Branch, Forest Lake and Stillwater.

MPCA refines its proposed standard for protecting wild rice from excess sulfate Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The public will have an opportunity to formally comment on the proposed standard during a rulemaking process in 2017. Feedback on the information being released today is appreciated by Sept. 6, 2016.