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Subscribers will receive important news (regulatory updates, program information, technical guidance, and notice of significant website changes) for these MPCA programs: Petroleum Remediation (PRP), Petroleum Brownfields (PBP), Voluntary Investigation and Cleanup (VIC), and Superfund (SF). It is geared toward consultants, responsible parties, developers, financial institutions and other organizations with an interest in PRP, PBP, VIC, and SF issues.

Questions/comments: Contact Chris McLain (PRP/PBP) at 651-757-2562 or Shanna Schmitt (VIC) at 651-757-2697.

The National Park Service (NPS) Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) Program is a competitive grant designed to provide new or significantly improve recreation opportunities for economically-disadvantaged communities in larger urbanized areas (as designated by the Census Bureau) that are under-served in terms of parks and other outdoor recreation resources. ORLP grant applications are due by September 24, 2021 and more information is available online at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=333434

Published: July 02, 2021

The MPCA has posted updated Soil Reference Value (SRV) materials on our Cleanup guidance webpage. SRVs are a screening tool used to evaluate potential human health risks from exposure to contaminated soil.

  • The SRV spreadsheet contains generic SRVs for the Residential/Recreational and Commercial/Industrial land use categories.
  • The SRV Technical Support Document provides background information on how the SRVs were calculated, the default exposure assumptions used for each land use category, and suggestions on how to use the generic SRVs to evaluate potential risk from exposure to contaminated soil.
  • In the Soil Background Threshold Value Evaluation, the MPCA evaluated selected data sets to determine a reasonable background threshold value to use in place of the calculated SRV. The ten compounds for which a background threshold value is used instead of an SRV are clearly identified in the SRV spreadsheet.

The MPCA appreciates the input provided by external stakeholders on the 2016 draft SRV materials, which helped shape the final documents.

Published: May 11, 2021

The Petroleum Remediation Program has posted updates to the Investigation, Monitoring, and Corrective Action guidance document report forms (https://www.pca.state.mn.us/waste/cleanup-guidance). The forms are now unlocked and allow for highlighting and tracking changes during internal reviews prior to submitting to the MPCA. Earlier versions posted just before Consultants’ Day were locked. With the unlocked versions, do not revise or delete any of the questions within these forms. Please start using the updated forms now, as they will be required by May 1, 2021.

Published: April 02, 2021

MPCA's Brownfield program 2020 annual report is now available on our website: https://www.pca.state.mn.us/waste/brownfields

Published: March 31, 2021

The MPCA’s emergency response program has a new reporting form to document the cleanup of spills that involved soil excavation or if soil/water samples were collected. This form can be used to recommend file closure or additional work following stabilization of emergency conditions. “Spill response reporting form (c-er4-14)” is available at www.pca.state.mn.us/waste/emergency-management-publications.

Published: January 26, 2021

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) have completed an update of the Intrusion Screening Values (ISVs) used in vapor intrusion risk evaluation. The update was completed following a review of recent changes in toxicity values for select compounds (Benzene, Bromomethane, trans-1,2-Dichloroethylene, & Methyl Ethyl Ketone).

Published: January 22, 2021

For the upcoming Spring Cleanup Grant cycle, it is highly recommended that requests for Response Action Plan (RAP) approvals (along with all supporting documents) be submitted to the MPCA no later than March 1, 2021. This provides the MPCA sufficient time for review and approval before the deadline for grant applications (May 3, 2021).

Published: January 20, 2021

Details on the MPCA Consultants’ Day virtual event January 26 and 27.

Published: December 30, 2020

MPCA will hold an all-virtual Consultants’ Day event spread over 2 morning sessions: January 26 and 27 (8:30 a.m. to noon). Check out the draft agenda. A final agenda with times and speakers will be sent out in mid-December.

Published: November 05, 2020
  • Grants are available from the State of Minnesota and U.S. EPA to help community groups, local development agencies, etc. pay for environmental investigation and cleanup of abandoned or under-used properties
  • August 25 workshop on preparing grant proposals for clean up and redevelopment of abandoned properties (9 a.m. CDT)
Published: August 07, 2020
For the upcoming Fall Cleanup Grant cycle, it is highly recommended that requests for Response Action Plan (RAP) approvals (along with all supporting documents) be submitted to the MPCA no later than September 1 to provide sufficient time for review and approval to meet the grant application deadline (Nov. 2, 2020)
Published: July 31, 2020
  • Updates to BMPs for vapor investigation and mitigation 
  • New resource for parking facilities and vapor intrusion mitigation
Published: April 07, 2020
  • Encouraging electronic submittal and e-Services
  • Recommendations for postal mail
Published: April 07, 2020
  • Postponement of work; Regulatory flexibility requests; File reviews and data requests
Published: April 01, 2020

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