News releases

Water quality in the Lake of the Woods Watershed is generally good and needs protection Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Seven of the 22 stream segments studied showed low oxygen levels or excess sediment, which are conditions detrimental to fish and aquatic insects, and the west branch of the Warroad River exceeded water quality standards for E. coli bacteria.

Olmsted County plans to expand landfill capacity Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The 160-acre facility includes disposal areas for construction and demolition waste, municipal solid waste, and ash produced from the Olmsted Waste-to-Energy Facility and Mayo Clinic medical waste incinerator.

MPCA proposes new chloride requirements for managing stormwater Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The MPCA requests public comment on proposed modifications of the municipal stormwater general permit.

Water Gremlin failed to prevent hazardous waste contamination Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The new requirements were ordered after an MPCA investigation determined that Water Gremlin failed to comply with hazardous waste regulations that minimize the possibility of a release of hazardous waste at its White Bear Township facility.

MPCA begins designing remedies for three contaminated sites in the Duluth harbor Tuesday, November 5, 2019

After evaluating options and gathering public input, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has selected remedies for three contaminated sites on the Duluth waterfront. Engineers will now begin designing the projects.

Como Lube & Supplies to pay $50,000 in penalties for storage tank violations in Duluth Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Como Lube & Supplies, Inc., has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $50,000 to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) for violations related to operating and maintaining storage tanks at its Duluth facility.

Heartland Corn Products agrees to pay $53,000 for environmental violations in Winthrop Monday, October 28, 2019

Heartland Corn Products, an ethanol producer in Winthrop, has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $53,000 to the MPCA for a variety of environmental violations at its facility in Winthrop.

New reports highlight opportunities in agriculture to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 10 percent Friday, October 25, 2019

Two new reports from the MPCA and the Board of Water and Soil Resources highlight agricultural conservation practices that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Minnesota, while also protecting water quality and soil health.

MPCA emphasizes proper manure management during a wet fall application season Thursday, October 24, 2019

After crops are harvested, Minnesota livestock producers will be applying billions of gallons or pounds of stored manure to cropland. Wet weather is complicating the harvest, but it also plays a role in proper manure management

Lubrication Technologies in Roseville to pay more than $61,000 for storage tank violations Tuesday, October 22, 2019

The company has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $61,680 to the MPCA for violations related to operating and maintaining storage tanks and piping at its Roseville facility.

MPCA to hold six community discussions on new clean car standards Monday, October 7, 2019

Proposed standards would address Minnesota’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases

MPCA acts to preserve authority over Line 3 replacement project Friday, September 27, 2019

The MPCA informed the company that it is unable to issue a 401 Certification in light of a recent Court of Appeals decision and because additional information is needed to ensure compliance with water quality standards.

MPCA holds Northern Metal Recycling accountable for false emissions reporting and violating the public’s trust Monday, September 23, 2019

Under the settlement, Northern Metal Recycling admitted it submitted inaccurate emissions records to the MPCA and will permanently shut down its Minneapolis shredder operations by 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019.

MPCA announces $1.5 million in new grant funding for heavy-duty electric vehicle and equipment purchases to address climate and air quality Monday, September 23, 2019

The MPCA is offering up to $1.5 million to help businesses, communities, and organizations purchase new all-electric vehicles or equipment to replace diesel models.

On tour: Clean Water Council and legislators to visit water quality projects in southeast Minnesota Friday, September 13, 2019

Legislators will see how the Legacy Amendment is making a difference to water quality in southeast Minnesota when they come to Rochester and the surrounding area Sept. 15-16 for a tour.

MPCA starts review of Red Wing’s proposed modified waste processing facility Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The proposal would produce 250 tons per day of fuel for incineration off-site and install two systems in an existing building to recover materials and derive fuel from refuse.

MPCA seeks public comment on Munger Landing and Mud Lake West cleanup within the St. Louis River Area of Concern Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Aug. 22 meeting, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Gary New Duluth Community Center, offers the public a chance to review cleanup options, ranging from no action to full removal of contaminated sediments above cleanup levels.

Environmental review of proposed hog feedlot in Murray County open for public comment Monday, August 12, 2019

The public is invited to weigh in on any environmental issues or concerns by Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Widespread changes needed to improve water quality in Minnesota River Basin Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Changes in water and land management are needed across the Minnesota River Basin to improve water quality in the state’s namesake river, as well as streams and lakes throughout the 10 million acres of the basin, according to four studies released today by the MPCA and local partners.

Sediment, phosphorus, and bacteria are big problems for water quality in the Lower Minnesota River watershed Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Many lakes and streams in the Lower Minnesota River Watershed are not meeting water quality standards, according to a new report from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).

Improving Watonwan River water quality hinges on land use practices that reduce soil, fertilizer loss Tuesday, July 23, 2019

New reports from the MPCA detail causes of water pollution in the Watonwan River Watershed, ways to improve water quality, and how landowners are involved. The reports are open for public comment through September 20.

Carving a path from polluted to more picturesque in the Minnesota River-Mankato Watershed Tuesday, July 23, 2019

A new MPCA report on the Minnesota River-Mankato Watershed details the causes of water pollution in the watershed, ways to improve water quality, and how landowners are involved. The report is open for public comment until September 20.

MPCA denies Northern Metal Recycling’s extension to continue operating its shredder in Minneapolis Thursday, July 18, 2019

The metal recycler had agreed in a Feb. 28, 2017, court settlement to cease shredding at the Minneapolis facility by Aug. 1, 2019.

Mississippi River-Grand Rapids Watershed has “very good” water quality Tuesday, July 16, 2019

According to new draft reports released by the MPCA, the Mississippi River – Grand Rapids Watershed has very good overall water quality, but forest protection is critical to preserving it.

Low flows, bacteria, suspended sediment hurting recreation in Red Lake River Watershed Tuesday, July 16, 2019

According to new draft reports released by the MPCA, there are 31 impairments for fish and aquatic insects and recreation in 19 reaches of the Red Lake River and its tributaries.