News releases

Violations lead to better safety, accountability for St. Cloud plastic manufacturer Wednesday, January 20, 2016

In addition to correcting all identified violations, the company paid a $135,000 civil penalty.

The MPCA’s year in environmental innovations Tuesday, December 29, 2015

In 2015, the MPCA came up with a variety of creative approaches to the state’s environmental challenges.

Studies identify water quality problems, remedies for Coon Creek Watershed Monday, December 28, 2015

The watershed is located in Anoka County and includes the cities of Andover, Blaine, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Fridley, Ham Lake and Spring Lake Park.

2016 should bring more places to recycle away from home Monday, December 21, 2015

By Jan. 1, 2016, owners of commercial property in the seven-county metro area will need to offer recycling along with garbage collection in their buildings.

For the sake of our lakes, keep your pavement on a low-salt diet Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Once in the water, it becomes a permanent pollutant and continues to accumulate in the environment over time — in other words it doesn’t melt or go away. 

MPCA offers $270,000 to clean up big, old diesel engines Monday, November 30, 2015

The MPCA encourages owners of older diesel engines to apply for a total of $270,000 in federal grant funding to improve their fleets and reduce the impact of these engines on air quality.

MPCA releases environmental assessment on new electric facility in Shakopee Friday, November 13, 2015

MPCA invites public review and comment on an environmental review document for a new electric generating facility in Shakopee.

Studies identify water quality problems and remedies for the Goose Creek Watershed Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Water quality monitoring and analysis has shown that high levels of bacteria and phosphorus are present in many water bodies within the Goose Creek watershed.

Winona firm agrees to correct air quality violations Friday, October 30, 2015

In addition to correcting identified violations, the company has agreed to pay a $70,000 penalty.

MPCA to host public meeting on Freeway Landfill site in Burnsville Tuesday, October 27, 2015

At nearly 150 acres, the Freeway Landfill is one of the state’s largest closed landfills, and was in operation from the 1960s until 1990.

MPCA completes 29 enforcement cases in third quarter of 2015 Thursday, October 22, 2015

Penalties from 29 cases totaled $122,590.

MPCA issues air pollution advisory for parts of southern Minnesota Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Fine particle pollution is elevated in parts of southwest and south central Minnesota, and is expected to remain elevated through early Wednesday morning.

$270,000 in grants will help save fuel, cut pollution from diesel engines Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Big, older diesel engines put out a lot of pollution: so much that, in terms of reducing air pollution, changing even one of them to a newer, cleaner-burning model can be equivalent to taking thousands of cars off the road.

Open for comment: Environmental worksheet for aquatic habitat restoration in Duluth Friday, October 2, 2015

The proposal is to restore approximately 350 acres of aquatic habitat toward a shallow, sheltered bay in the 21st Avenue West channel in northeastern St Louis Bay in Duluth.

Mag Mining draft permit public meeting scheduled for Oct. 15 in Bovey Thursday, October 1, 2015

An open house is scheduled from 5 to 6 p.m. to be followed by the draft permit presentation and time for questions and comments.

Studies identify water quality problems, remedies for Valley Branch watershed Monday, September 28, 2015

In-depth monitoring and analysis has identified high levels of bacteria and phosphorus in some bodies of water in the Valley Branch watershed, including Kelle’s Creek in Afton and Sunfish Lake in Lake Elmo.

It’s SepticSmart Week: Keep Jack Frost from nipping at your septic system Thursday, September 24, 2015

This time of year, families with septic systems should take precautions to prevent costly septic system problems during the winter.

Minnesota wetlands are healthy overall, but suffering in some regions Thursday, September 24, 2015

Two new reports look at the quality of vegetation in the more than 10 million acres of wetlands in Minnesota.

MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed beef feedlot expansion in Pope County Monday, August 31, 2015

The proposal would expand a cattle feedlot south of Lake Reno to 1,900 head of slaughter steers from an existing 1,608 head of feeder cattle.

Flush yourself this year at the Eco Experience Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Water is more than just lakes and streams. Stop by the Eco Experience to quench your thirst for knowledge about a variety of Minnesota’s waters, from groundwater to wastewater, and how to protect them.

Choose to reuse all 12 days of the State Fair Tuesday, August 25, 2015

ReUSE Minnesota will add new dimension to the MPCA’s on-going Reduce, Reuse, Recycle feature at the Eco Experience building, featuring a multipurpose workspace comprised of reuse and re-purposed items, hands-on projects, and daily demonstrations of do-it-yourself reuse projects and repair techniques.

Comments invited on report on restoring lake, streams in Winona area Monday, August 24, 2015

The report is open for comment through Sept. 24, 2015.

MPCA seeks comments on proposed hog feedlot expansion in Nobles County Thursday, August 20, 2015

The producer wants to expand his his 2,400-head finishing facility by adding a second 2,400-head barn, for a total of 4,800 finishing hogs.

Open for comment: Environmental worksheet for biodiesel production in Glenville Thursday, August 20, 2015

Th owner of the biodiesel plant is planning to expand its production from 31.5 to 38 million gallons per year, and an EAW on the project is open for comment through Sept. 16.

Don’t miss the amazing chefs at the Eco Experience Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Minnesota State Fair is more than just food on a stick. Daily food demos at the Eco Experience sell the sizzle of locally grown and produced food. Each day brings something new, with themed days focused on a particular culture.