News releases

MPCA seeks comments on water quality improvement report for three Osakis-area lakes Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The report identifies agricultural runoff as the main source of phosphorus loading to these lakes.

MPCA seeks comments on ash processing facility in Goodhue County Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The facility would process ash from Xcel Energy’s generating plant and ash landfill for the purpose of recovering metals.

MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed dairy in Chippewa County Monday, December 5, 2016

Up to 8,674 Jersey milk cows and 1,180 heifers will be housed in a cross-ventilated, free-stall barn with the manure and waste water collected and stored in earthen basins with impermeable covers.

MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed hog feedlot in Swift County Thursday, November 17, 2016

Spring Valley Farms plans to add a second, 2,100-head finishing barn at The Pit Stop farm in Section 4 of Fairfield Township, increasing to a total of 4,200 head.

MPCA Offers $400,000 in grants to clean up old diesel engines Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The MPCA encourages owners of older, heavy-duty diesel engines to apply for new grant funding to upgrade or swap out their dirty old engines for modern ones that pollute far less.

Open for comment: St. Louis River aquatic habitat restoration project Monday, November 14, 2016

The MPCA invites comments through Dec. 14 about a proposal to restore more than 300 acres of aquatic habitat in Duluth’s St. Louis Bay.

MPCA completes 37 enforcement cases in third quarter of 2016 Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Penalties from all 37 cases totaled just under $275,000.

MPCA seeks to generate comments on a new electrical power station being planned Monday, October 10, 2016

The plan includes installing five natural gas-fired electrical generating units capable of producing up to 50 megawatts of electricity.

MPCA seeks comments on proposed projects at Flint Hills’ Rosemount facility Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend LLC in Rosemount is proposing a collection of projects designed to increase the facility’s energy efficiency, reduce its air emissions and improve its processing capabilities.

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.