Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Composting has become more than just a growing trend, it’s generating millions of dollars for Minnesota’s economy. The Minnesota Composting Council recently did the first-ever statewide study of the Minnesota composting industry.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says a recent state-wide study showed that the composting industry created hundreds of jobs and was responsible for $148 million in total estimated economic activity.
State officials say a new report shows that Minnesota businesses lead the nation in reducing or eliminating dangerous pollutants from their work processes.
The southern half of Minnesota is under an air pollution advisory. Warmer temperatures, along with moisture and low winds, are causing fine particles to be trapped near the ground. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says it’s unhealthy for people with respiratory health problems.
The Corn Plus ethanol plant in the south-central Minnesota city of Winnebago has agreed to pay a $25,000 penalty and take steps to reduce its air pollution and noise levels.
Taking from the trash has wound up costing Minnesota big bucks. Custodians of the state treasury forked out $61 million this year — and owe about $40 million over the next few years — to repay a loan half that size from the state’s Closed Landfill Investment Fund. The fund is administered by pollution regulators to pay for programs that ensure proper environmental attention is given to more than 100 closed landfills.
A silica sand processing plant in eastern Minnesota has agreed to pay a fine for air quality and noise violations. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency levied a fine of $85,000 for Tiller Corp. which has been operating a processing and shipment center in Chisago County for nearly two years.
Nearly 100 emergency responders are training this week on how to handle a large oil spill on the Mississippi River caused by a train derailment. The training is a response to rapidly rising rail shipments of crude oil from North Dakota that pass by the Mississippi.
As school buses take kids to school this fall, they’ll also be doing the environment a favor. As part of the Project Green Fleet program, more than 3,200 buses have been retrofitted to help reduce diesel emissions, according to Mike Harley of Environmental Initiative.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is holding a two-day meeting to review research on the effects of sulfates on wild rice. The St. Paul meeting Wednesday and Thursday is meant to provide scientific peer review for studies the MPCA commissioned as it prepares to decide whether the state’s sulfate standard for waters that produce wild rice should stay the same or be changed.
The proposed additions are the former Executive Cleaners site in Worthington in Nobles County of southwestern Minnesota, and the Spring Park Municipal Wells site in Spring Park near Lake Minnetonka in Hennepin County.
Our wet weather could be making lakes dangerous for dogs. One dog named Copper died last weekend after fetching a tennis ball from Prairie Lake north of Becker. His family shares the warning for dog owners.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is advising pet owners to be cautious around lakes and slow-moving streams after the death of a dog in Sherburne County last weekend. The MPCA says Brock Tatge and his family, who live on Prairie Lake, were enjoying their Sunday when their dog, Copper, became ill after fetching a tennis ball from the lake.
Water quality experts will kick off a multi-year water quality study on an important northern Minnesota watershed at a public informational meeting Thursday. The Rainy River-Headwaters Watershed includes about 95 percent of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and most of Voyageurs National Park.
The citizens board that oversees the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is considering a set of updates to the state’s environmental rules for livestock feedlots. The board is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to drop a requirement for large feedlots to have water quality permits under the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System if they don’t discharge manure into public waters.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is recruiting volunteers to help track water quality changes in lakes and streams across the state. More than 1,300 Minnesotans volunteer to track the health of their favorite lake or stream through the Citizen Lake and Citizen Stream Monitoring Programs.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says more data analysis must be done to determine whether changes to the state’s water quality standards are warranted to protect wild rice from sulfates.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has expanded its air pollution advisory and has now put the eastern two-thirds of the state under an air pollution health alert.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an air pollution health alert for western Minnesota effective through noon on Friday. The agency says a strong temperature inversion, snow melt and fog are trapping fine-particle pollution near the surface, causing unhealthy levels for sensitive groups. An air pollution health advisory has also been issued for the southern half of Minnesota — including the Twin Cities and Rochester — beginning Thursday evening and extending into Friday morning. Fine-particle concentrations are expected to increase and may reach unhealthy levels for sensitive groups for short periods.
The Crow Wing County Landfill has paid a $12,000 fine for accepting and improperly disposing of 15 barrels of flammable liquid hazardous waste. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says the hazardous waste accepted by the landfill in November 2012 posed a potential threat to human health.
It is expected to take several days to clean up the mess caused by a leaking Canadian Pacific oil tanker train. The train left a 65-mile long oil spill from Red Wing to Winona on Monday morning before the leak was finally detected and stopped.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency was investigating Tuesday after a Canadian Pacific Railway train dribbled about 12,000 gallons of crude oil along 68 miles of track between Winona and Red Wing in southeastern Minnesota.
United States Steel Corp. has now received the state permits it needs to expand its Minntac mine at Mountain Iron but is waiting on one remaining federal permit.
Opponents of the region’s growing silica sand mining industry are preparing to convene a “citizens summit” in Winona on Saturday. The event at Winona State University is being organized by the Land Stewardship Project so residents can share strategy and hear from experts.
State agencies have proposed adding nine polluted locations to the list of Minnesota superfund sites while removing the Minneapolis impound lot. The impound lot just west of downtown was a dump before the 1960s. It was added to the list in 1986.