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.
Ardent Mills in Hastings failed to conduct more than 300 daily emission inspections, among other violationsCompany failed to notify MPCA of equipment removal and construction projects (01/18/2022)
- According to a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) enforcement investigation, mismanagement of feed and manure storage areas at Five Star Dairy, near Gaylord, allowed manure contaminated runoff to drain into nearby Buffalo Creek in the spring of 2021. (12/14/2021)
- According to a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) enforcement investigation, Carver County and Veit Companies, LLC, failed to adequately use sediment control measures during summer 2021 construction at the Trunk Highway 5 Regional Trail. (12/14/2021)
- According to an MPCA enforcement investigation, Holst Township and Triple D Construction & Leasing, Inc., completed a road project in July 2020, without obtaining required construction stormwater permits. (12/09/2021)
- 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)
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.