State emergency response contractors

The State of Minnesota holds contracts with businesses that provide environmental emergency response services. These contractors are defined as either full-service or limited-service.

  • Limited-service contractors may only be used for spills of petroleum and nonhazardous materials, but not for spills or releases of hazardous materials or for responses on large bodies of water. (A full-service contractor must be used for such incidents.)
  • Full-service emergency response contractors offer more services.

Contractors may offer more services than outlined in their contract with the state, including hazardous materials response.

This list is provided for informational purposes only—it is not an endorsement, and anyone using it is advised to check the capabilities and rates of contractors.

Services provided by full-service contractors

Some of the required tasks of a full-service contractor include:

  • Toll-free, 24-hour telephone answering.
  • 24-hour, statewide response.
  • Level A, B, C and D responses.
  • Provide vacuum truck(s).
  • Supply and deliver sorbents (booms, pads, sweeps, pillows, etc.) to responses.
  • Investigate, contain and recover spills/releases on land, including the excavation of contaminated soils.
  • Investigate, contain, remediate and recover spills/releases to surface waters using containment booms, sorbents, aeration equipment, vacuum trucks, and pumps.
  • Investigate and mitigate petroleum vapor and product in sewer systems and utility conduits.
  • Investigate, contain, sample, transport and manage known and unknown abandoned wastes or mystery spills or releases.
  • Collect, preserve and transport samples to laboratories for analysis. Follow established sample-collection protocols and methodology.
  • Collect, assess and analyze air contaminant levels during a chemical fire, tire fire, or other fire causing air contaminant concerns.
  • Design, install, operate and troubleshoot mechanical systems, such as carbon filtration systems and groundwater remediation systems.
  • Arrange for transportation, storage and proper management of wastes generated during an emergency response.
  • Assist with the management and disposal of wastes generated from terroristic and natural disaster incidents.
  • Biomedical and infectious waste containment, transport and disposal.

Full-service contractors

Bay West Environmental
5 Empire Dr
Saint Paul, MN 55103-1867
Contact: Bill Lazarz (willliaml@baywest.com) or ER Lead On-call
Contracting inquiries: Bill Lazarz (williaml@baywest.com)
24-hour emergency spill response: 800-279-0456
Office phone: 651-291-0456 or 800-279-0456
Fax: 651-291-0099
Website: www.baywest.com

Bay West Environmental
1106 88th Ave W
Duluth, MN 55808
Contracting inquiries: Bill Lazarz (williaml@baywest.com)
24-hour emergency spill response: 800-279-0456 Office phone: 218-740-0110 Fax: 218-626-1072 Website: www.baywest.com

West Central Environmental Consultants Inc.
14 Green River Road
P.O. Box 594
Morris, MN 56267-0594
Contact: Doug Stahman (stahmand@wcec.com)
Office phone: 800-422-8356
24-hour phone answering: 888-923-2778
Fax: 320-589-2814

West Central Environmental Consultants Inc.
1241 72nd Ave NE
Fridley, MN 55432
Contact: Paul Carter (pcarter@wcec.com) or Jake Holthaus (jakeh@wcec.com)
Office phone: 763-571-4944
Emergency phone: 952-980-3247
Fax: 763-710-5227

Services provided by limited-service contractors

Some of the required tasks that limited-service contractors provide include:

  • Investigate, contain, recover and remediate spills/releases on land, including the excavation of contaminated soils.
  • Supply, deliver and use sorbents and other supplies to control, minimize and prevent pollution from spills/releases.
  • Collect, preserve and transport samples to laboratories for analysis. Follow appropriate established protocols and methodology.
  • Contain and recover spills/releases to surface waters using sorbents.
  • Arrange for vacuum trucks and pumps to recover spills, as necessary.
  • Arrange for transportation, storage and management of wastes generated during an emergency response.
  • Assist with the management and disposal of wastes generated from terror and natural disaster incidents.

Limited-service contractors

Environmental Troubleshooters Inc.
3825 Grand Ave
Duluth, MN 55807
Contact: Craig Wilson (cwilson@etsmn.com)
Office phone: 218-722-6013 or 800-470-3536
Fax: 218-722-6319

Eveleth Branch Office
Phone 218-744-0128 during regular business hours. After regular business hours, phone 218-722-6013 or 800-470-3536.

MidAmerica Technical and Environmental Services Inc.
6989 N. 55th St Suite C2
Oakdale, MN 55128
Contact: Jim Harms (jim@midamericaenv.com)
Office phone: 651-779-1900 or 888-314-2042
24-hour phone answering: 888-314-2042
Fax: 651-779-9786

For more information

For more information on spill reporting, prevention, cleanup and disposal, call the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency at 651-296-6300 or 800-657-3864 and ask for a member of the Emergency Management Unit or go to the Emergency response webpage.

HTML icon Emergency response (U.S. EPA)

EPA responds to oil spills, chemical, biological, radiological releases, and large-scale national emergencies. EPA also provides additional response assistance when state and local first responder capabilities have been exhausted or when additional support is requested.