Thursday, August 4, 2016

MPCA completes 44 enforcement cases in second quarter of 2016

In its ongoing efforts to promote environmental compliance, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency concluded 44 enforcement cases in 32 counties throughout Minnesota during the second quarter of 2016.  Penalties from all 44 cases totaled just over $480,000.

Environmental enforcement investigations often take several months, and in highly complex cases more than a year. Although, in rare instances, they can involve courts, they are most often negotiated settlements where the goal is compliance with environmental rules. Fines issued are targeted to match the environmental harm, economic advantage gained or environmental corrective actions.
In addition to these 44 recently completed cases, the MPCA also has 67 ongoing enforcement investigations, 17 of which were opened as new cases during the second quarter of 2016.  Not all investigations lead to fines or other official action.
Imposing monetary penalties is only part of the MPCA's enforcement process.  Agency staff continue to provide assistance, support, and information on the steps and tools necessary to achieve compliance for any company, individual, or local government that requests it.  
The following is a brief summary of all 44 cases completed during the second quarter of 2016:
  • Spectro Alloys Corp., Rosemount, for hazardous waste and industrial stormwater violations, $161,000
  • United Taconite-Fairlane plant, Virginia, for air quality violations, $50,000
  • Corn Plus, Winnebago, for wastewater violations, $39,450
  • Landmark of Arden Hills LLC, Andover, for stormwater violations, $18,390
  • Frattalone Companies, Inc., Little Canada, for stormwater violations, $18,657
  • St. Paul Regional Water Services, Maplewood, for air quality violations, $15,000
  • Strategic Materials, Inc., St. Paul, for air quality violations, $14,750
  • CHS Hallock, Kennedy, for air quality violations, $14,625
  • Koda Energy LLC, Shakopee, for wastewater violations, $11,850
  • Associated Milk Producers, Inc., Rochester, for wastewater violations, $9,600
  • Saputo Diary Foods USA LLC, White Bear Lake, for wastewater violations, $9,015
  • Kwong Tung Foods, Inc., Minneapolis, for wastewater violations, $7,600
  • Belgrade Pullets LLC, North Mankato, for feedlot violations, $7,500
  • Automotive Concepts, New Hope, for air quality violations, $6,600
  • Valley Paving, Inc., Shakopee, for stormwater violations, $5,525
  • City of Wyoming, Wyoming, for stormwater violations, $5,175
  • A-1 Excavating, Inc., Argyle, for stormwater violations, $5,175
  • U.S. Steel Corp. Minnesota-Minntac, Mountain Iron, for wastewater violations, $4,800
  • City of Arden Hills, Arden Hills, for stormwater violations, $4,625
  • District Energy St. Paul, Inc., Ever-Green Energy LLC, and St. Paul Cogeneration LLC, St. Paul, for air quality violations, $4,600
  • Boomerang Laboratories, Inc., Spring Park, for wastewater and stormwater violations, $4,555
  • Ethanol 2000 LLP, dba POET Biorefining, Bingham Lake, for air quality violations, $4,400
  • Minnesota Soybean Processors, Brewster, for air quality violations, $4,400
  • Steve Lindstrom, Goodhue, for solid waste violations, $4,400
  • Industrial Finishing, Inc., Delano, for hazardous waste violations, $4,400
  • Barthold Family Farms, Inc., St. Francis, for solid waste violations, $4,350
  • Chippewa Valley Ethanol Co., LLP, Benson, for air quality violations, $4,284
  • Gillespie Family Partnership, Elbow Lake, for stormwater violations, $4,000
  • Silgan Containers Mfg. Corp., Savage, for air quality violations, $3,500
  • RCP Transit LLC, Comfrey, for wastewater violations, $3,131
  • Brian Schlupp, Verndale, for solid waste violations, $3,000
  • Chuck's Body Shop, Eagle Lake, for air quality violations, $2,700
  • Grede LLC, St. Cloud, for air quality violations, $2,500
  • Security Band & Trust Co., Glencoe, for stormwater violations, $2,388
  • Alex Zuhlsdorf, Winnebago, for solid waste violations, $2,200
  • Bluegrass Dairy & Food, Inc., Dawson, for air quality violations, $2,000
  • Jennie-O Turkey Store, Inc., Willmar, for wastewater violations, $2,000
  • City of Brainerd, Brainerd, for wastewater violations, $2,000
  • Duluth Ready Mix, Inc., Saginaw, for wastewater violations, $1,750
  • Green Plains Fairmont LLC, and Cargill, Inc., Omaha, Neb., and Wayzata, $1,500
  • West Central Environmental Consultants, Inc., Morris, for hazardous waste violations, $1,500
  • St. Paul Park Refining Co., LLC, St. Paul Park, air quality violations, $1,250
  • Martin Jedlicki, Mayer, for stormwater violations, $882
  • Whitewater Milling LLC, Utica, for air quality violations, $275

A complete summary of environmental enforcement actions and news releases can be found on the MPCA's News Media Center Web page.  For questions on specific enforcement cases, please contact Stephen Mikkelson, Information Officer at (218) 316-3887, or toll free at (800) 657-3864.

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