News releases

Environmental review of proposed Bushmills expansion available for comment through Feb. 8 Monday, January 9, 2017

The amount of corn processed at the plant would increase from 25 million to 38.5 million bushels per year, and water use from 216 to 225 million gallons per year.

Enviro-Chem Inc. cited for violating air permits Friday, January 6, 2017

The company has made corrections and agreed to pay a $26,000 civil penalty.

MPCA seeks comments on asphalt storage facility in Dakota County Thursday, January 5, 2017

The project includes the installation of eight aboveground storage tanks, a rail spur, and equipment to load, store, blend and unload asphalt cement.

Public meeting set for Jan. 12 on proposed hog facility expansions near St. Charles Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The MPCA will hold a public information meeting on the Holden Farms proposal Thursday, Jan. 12, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the St. Charles Community Center in St. Charles.

MPCA extends comment period on water quality report for three Osakis-area lakes Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The report identifies agricultural runoff as the main source of phosphorus loading to these lakes — other sources include failing septic systems and roadway runoff.

MPCA seeks comments on proposed expansion of Jordan’s sanitary sewer system Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The sewer interceptor line will have a 13.1 million gallons a day capacity, which accounts for both current and future needs.

MPCA responds to concerns about proposed hog farm near Zumbrota Monday, December 19, 2016

Following public comments and before a public meeting Dec. 12 in Zumbrota, MPCA staff revised the EAW for a proposed large hog farm.

MPCA seeks comments from public on proposed dairy in Wilkin County Monday, December 19, 2016

Up to 8,674 Jersey milk cows and 1,180 heifers would be housed in a cross-ventilated, free-stall barn.

MPCA to host public meetings Jan. 12 and 26, for Mississippi Headwaters water quality projects Friday, December 16, 2016

The meetings are scheduled for Jan. 12 in Bemidji and Jan. 26 in Cohasset.

10 smart salting tips that protect Minnesota waters Monday, December 12, 2016

It is estimated that we toss more than 350,000 tons of salt on the metro area roads annually.

Comments sought on draft report about water pollution in Lake Winona Thursday, December 8, 2016

A public meeting will be held to discuss the report Friday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. in the Douglas County Public Works building at 526 Willow Drive in Alexandria.

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