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MPCA completes first quarter enforcement cases

ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency concluded 72 enforcement cases in 43 Minnesota counties during the first quarter of 2018. Penalties from all 72 cases totaled just over $330,000.

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency concluded 72 enforcement cases in 43 Minnesota counties during the first quarter of 2018. Penalties from all 72 cases totaled just over $330,000.

Fines were issued to the following in this area:

  • Noomen Excavating LLC, Currie, for solid waste violations, $3,300
  • City of Luverne, for municipal wastewater violations, $2,350
  • Keith and Merrill Frantsen, Windom, for solid waste violations, $1,000

Environmental enforcement investigations are most often negotiated settlements where the goal is compliance with environmental rules. 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 those who request it.
In addition to the 72 recently completed cases, the MPCA has 39 ongoing enforcement investigations, 18 of which were opened as new cases during the first quarter of 2018. Not all investigations lead to fines or other official action.

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