News releases

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.

MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed hog feedlot in Steele County Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The public may submit written comments on the Hidden Creek Ag EAW until 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 17, 2016.

MPCA seeks comments on environmental review of Rosemount asphalt facility Friday, July 15, 2016

The new plant will include eight above ground storage tanks which will contain liquid asphalt, chemical additives and blending agents needed for manufacturing asphalt.

MPCA reaches settlement with Rosemount recycler over hazardous-waste and stormwater violations Thursday, July 14, 2016

In addition to correcting identified problems, the company agreed to pay a $125,000 civil penalty.

Flooding in Moose Lake area results in sewage release to local waterbodies Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The MPCA Duluth Office has activated a temporary incident command center to monitor the situation and provide assistance to the city of Moose Lake and Pine County.

New evidence of pollution found in 318 lakes, rivers and streams Wednesday, July 13, 2016

In total, 40 percent of all waters tested by the MPCA over the last decade are now considered “impaired.”

MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed hog feedlot in Faribault County Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The public may submit written comments on the R and R Hogs EAW until 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 3, 2016.

MPCA seeks comments on environmental review for Rochester generating station Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The EAW covers site location details, and assesses the potential for a variety of environmental impacts of the project, such as air pollution, noise, stormwater runoff and the impact on wildlife.

Studies identify water quality problems and remedies for the Elm Creek Watershed Thursday, July 7, 2016

These reports were under the state’s watershed approach, a holistic way of gauging the health of streams and lakes and developing strategies to restore or protect their water quality.

MPCA develops plan to restore and protect Long Prairie River watershed Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Long Prairie River watershed includes all or parts of Douglas, Otter Tail, Todd and Morrison counties.

MPCA seeks comments on proposed expansion of Kasson’s wastewater treatment plant Thursday, June 30, 2016

The city plans to improve and expand the capacity of its wastewater treatment plant to more effectively treat its wastewater, and accept and treat more wastewater.

MPCA seeks comments on proposed landfill expansion in Inver Grove Heights Monday, June 27, 2016

The footprint of the landfill will not increase, but the company that operates it is requesting clearance to develop cover slopes around the entire facility.

Fourteen dust emission events impacted Iron Range residents Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Area residents’ homes have been affected by dust from the United Taconite facility more than a dozen times during a 31-month period.

Winnebago ethanol plant again taking steps to correct environmental violations Tuesday, June 21, 2016

In addition to correcting all identified problems, the ethanol plant will also pay a $39,450 penalty.