Every Minnesotan expects healthy air, clean water, and sustainable lands. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is responsible for ensuring more than 84,000 permitted facilities, and other regulated communities in the state comply with rules and regulations designed to protect the environment and human health.
Whether it is a local waste water treatment plant or a manufacturing facility, the MPCA inspects permitted facilities, investigates public complaints, and reviews required reports and files to ensure standards are being met.
The MPCA provides technical assistance and training to help permitted facilities and regulated communities meet their requirements. The agency works cooperatively with any permitted facility to prevent pollution and avoid future permit violations.
Holding violators accountable
When environmental rules and regulations are violated, the resulting pollution can be harmful to people and the environment. Enforcement actions may include warnings, field citations, administrative penalty orders (APOs), stipulation agreements (STIPs), and consent decrees.
The MPCA’s enforcement actions are necessary to hold the regulated community accountable and achieve compliance with regulations. Foremost, the MPCA wants to help avoid future permit violations.
Enforcing with transparency
The MPCA expects regulated parties to remain in compliance with permit and regulatory requirements that directly protect human health and the environment. To preserve the public’s trust in the enforcement process, the MPCA provides transparency on enforcement actions taken within agency program areas.
Enforcement reports and announcements
The MPCA releases mid-year and end-of-year enforcement reports that summarize closed violation cases.
- 2021 to-date enforcement action summaries (gp2-2021)
- 2020 enforcement action summaries (gp2-2020)
- 2019 Enforcement Action Summaries (gp2-2019)
In addition to summary reports, the MPCA routinely announces specific enforcement actions.
- According to a MPCA enforcement investigation, Crenlo Cab Products, LLC, failed to meet several air quality and hazardous waste permit requirements in 2019 and 2020. (10/14/2021)
Boise White Paper LLC penalized for releasing 1.4 million gallons of untreated wastewater to Rainy RiverAccording to an MPCA enforcement investigation, Boise White Paper LLC in International Falls discharged approximately 1.4 million gallons of untreated wastewater to the Rainy River as a result of power outages in October 2020 and May 2021. (09/30/2021)
- After a four-year investigation, the MPCA found Al-Corn Clean Fuel LLC had uncontrolled emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), particulate matter, and nitrogen oxide emissions in 2018-19. (09/30/2021)
Denco II LLC consistently exceeded industrial wastewater and stormwater limits at Morris ethanol facilityDenco II LLC consistently exceeded pollutant limits in its industrial wastewater and stormwater discharges at its ethanol production facility in Morris. (09/30/2021)
Hawkins, Inc., storage tank violations were potential threat to Mississippi River at facility in St. PaulHawkins, Inc., has corrected multiple aboveground storage tank violations at one of its bulk chemical storage facilities in St. Paul. (09/22/2021)
Enforcement concern or complaint?
Call the MPCA if you have concerns about local air pollution/quality, water runoff, or hazardous waste: 651-296-6300
Or online: Resident Complaint form.
Answers to frequently asked questions about compliance and enforcement of environmental rules in Minnesota.
Above and beyond. In the management of construction stormwater, MPCA recognizes Southwest Light Rail Extension project for responsible development through stormwater controls.