WORTHINGTON — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will not pursue enforcement action against a local business owner who land-applied industrial waste last week that ended up in a road ditch and nearby stream as a result of high winds on April 9.
Forrest Peterson, public information officer with the MPCA’s Southwest Region office in Marshall, said that after checking into the matter, it was realized the land application was in accordance with permit guidelines.
“The wind blew it around, but they have completed the mediation and cleanup,” Peterson said Wednesday.
The industrial waste consisted primarily of sawdust. The material came from the Tru Shine Truck Wash, which is owned by Mark Thier.
Both Nobles County and the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District were at the site on the morning of April 10 to investigate. Landowners in the neighborhood reported the stream contamination to the MPCA duty officer on the evening of April 9.
“The duty officer determined that no formal report or follow-up was necessary,” Peterson said.