“Water Gremlin has had more than enough time to get its pollution control equipment fully operational and tested,” said MPCA Commissioner Laura Bishop.
The advisory group was formed in 2016 to provide input and recommendations about ways to incorporate environmental justice principles into the MPCA’s work.
The expansion would increase the site's currently permitted capacity from 25.4 million cubic yards of mixed municipal solid waste, construction and demolition debris, and industrial waste to approximately 47 million cubic yards.
After reviewing the Minnesota Court of Appeals’ ruling regarding the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Line 3 project, the MPCA has determined the court’s decision has implications for how this work will proceed.
It will have two confinement barns, a mortality composting building, a stormwater detention pond, and a new water well.
Chloride from de-icing salt and water softeners gets into lakes, streams and even groundwater, and once in the water, there is no easy way to remove it.
The proposal would expand the number of pigs at the site from 2,400 to 4,800.
The permit applies to more than 4,000 businesses in Minnesota, including salvage yards and scrap recyclers, landfills, airports, trucking companies, food processors, and manufacturers.
The MPCA needs volunteers to measure water clarity in hundreds of streams — including 676 high-priority sites — and 2,857 lakes, then report back to the agency.
These open bodies of water behind Duluth’s Erie Pier were the subject of a 2015 cleanup investigation.
In Minnesota, there are about 1,600 municipal and industrial wastewater treatment facilities.
This accomplishment is another step toward the AOC’s entire delisting, which is targeted for 2025.
The new pipe’s discharge point to the Mississippi River will be in Otsego.
Because most of the land in this watershed is used for agriculture, that is where most of the strategies need to be implemented.
The company will pay a civil penalty of $4.5 million, take corrective actions at their site, conduct air monitoring for several years valued at roughly $1 million, and conduct two supplemental environmental projects valued at least $1.5 million.
The Red River of the North, a popular recreation river, has a variety of challenges to its water quality, according to a newly released report from the MPCA.
MPCA Commissioner Laura Bishop looking forward to collaborating with fellow state agency leaders and citizen board members as the newly appointed chair of the state Environmental Quality Board (EQB).
MPCA Commissioner Laura Bishop travels to St. Cloud to meeting with students in a wastewater treatment training program, and with students and staff at Westwood Elementary School.
There are two primary sources of concern for E. coli entering the Minnesota River: livestock from unpermitted animal feeding operations, and septic systems that represent public health threats.
The facility has pollution control equipment designed to limit TCE emissions, but the MPCA and MDH recently learned that the equipment was not functioning properly and may not have been for some time.
In all of 2018, the MPCA completed 194 cases, totaling $1,062,440 in penalties.
Pollutant levels have been going down for 30 years even as the economy continues to grow, but air quality is not the same across the state -- in some places, it’s not so good.
The MPCA and local watershed partners are recommending stream and ditch restoration projects, and that landowners implement voluntary management practices to reduce water pollution in the watershed.
The Magellan Pipeline Corp. proposes to build a 5-million-gallon tank at its petroleum storage and loading facility outside Eyota.
During a public comment period, citizens raised concerns about the potential for groundwater contamination.