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MPCA completes 65 enforcement cases in second quarter of 2013

ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) concluded 65 enforcement cases in 42 counties throughout the state during the second quarter of 2013.</p><p>Penalties for all 65 cases totaled just under $240,000. Nearly 30 percent of these cases, with penalties totaling just over $65,000, were for stormwater runoff violations. Improper stormwater management can increase soil erosion and cause sediment and other pollutants to wash into lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands. This leads to decreased water quality and can harm fish and other aquatic life.</p><p>Cited in the second quarter of 2013 in this area were:</p><p>* Southwest Coaches Inc., dba Southwest Tour & Travel, Jackson, for solid waste violations, $4,677</p><p>* City of Hardwick, for solid waste and air quality violations, $4,425.