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.
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)
3M, American Crystal Sugar, Archer Daniel Midland among 90 compliance and enforcement cases at MPCA in first half of 2021The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) closed 90 enforcement cases for air quality, waste, stormwater, and wastewater violations in the first half of 2021. (08/06/2021)
Kerry Biofunctional Ingredients facility in Rochester illegally discharges wastewater into area ponds and wetlandsKerry Biofunctional Ingredients, Inc., a maker of food ingredients and flavors, violated several state environmental regulations, including illegal discharges into area wetlands and failing to obtain or renew required permits. (08/03/2021)
- According to an MPCA enforcement investigation, Lakehead Trucking, Inc., discharged wastes from a network of floor drains directly into the ground around its main shop in Duluth. (06/15/2021)
- According to an MPCA enforcement investigation, Archer-Daniels-Midland Company’s oilseed crushing and vegetable oil refining facility in Red Wing committed multiple air pollution violations between 2017 and 2019. (06/08/2021)
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.