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MPCA commends area

ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) recently commended the work of 182 wastewater-treatment operators at the 74th annual Wastewater Operations Conference.  Among the operators were the cities of Luverne and Worthington.

For the 34th consecutive year, the MPCA recognized operators of facilities that were fully compliant with all discharge permit requirements during the previous calendar year.

MPCA Commissioner Paul Aasen had high praise for the 2010 award recipients: "The wastewater professionals honored today are true stewards of Minnesota's water.  Their hard work protects our rivers, lakes and streams each and every day."

To be eligible for the award, facility operators had to submit all monitoring reports to the MPCA correctly and on time, demonstrate consistent compliance through monitoring or surveys and employ MPCA-certified operators.