New Rules Target Wastewater Discharges from Industries

February 7, 2008 The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is in the process of adopting new regulations that govern wastewater discharges that industrial sources discharge to publicly owned treatment works (POTWs). The MPCA issues permits to municipalities who operate POTWs that discharge treated wastewater to waters of the state.  Municipalities regulate industrial users that produce […]

MPCA Announces Recent Enforcement Actions

January 30, 2008 On January 22, 2008, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) announced that it had resolved 67 enforcement cases during the fourth quarter of 2007 collecting nearly $650,000 in civil penalties.  The MPCA collected penalties from businesses, individuals and local units of government.  A list of the amounts paid to the MPCA in […]

MPCA Adopts New Septic System Rules

January 28, 2008 In the January 28, 2008, State Register, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has adopted permanent rules relating to: individual subsurface sewage treatment systems (ISTS), Minnesota Rules Chapter 7080; midsized subsurface sewage treatment systems, Minnesota Rules Chapter 7081; administrative requirements for local ordinances, permit, and inspection programs, Minnesota Rules Chapter 7082; and […]

EPA Judge Dismisses Wetlands Enforcement Action As Untimely

January 22, 2008 On December 19, 2007 U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrative Law Judge William Moran dismissed an administrative enforcement case where the U. S. EPA Region 5 sought to collect a civil penalty of $120,000 for violations of the Clean Water Act.  See In the Matter of Robert J. Heser and Andrew […]

Minnesota DNR Reviewing Shoreline Rules

January 14, 2008 The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has requested comments on possible amendments to the rules governing the management of Minnesota’s shoreland areas. Minnesota Rules, parts 6120.2500 to 6120.3900. See 32 SR 1319.  As noted in the January 22, 2008, State Register, the DNR is considering rule amendments to address merging shoreland […]

Metal Finishers/Others Face 1/22/08 Compliance Deadline

January 5, 2008   The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published the “final” Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) on November 20, 2007.  The regulations, which apply to medium and larger metal finishing facilities and also to some smaller shops, require registration and submission of chemical information.  Metal finishing operations need to evaluate the types or […]

Federal and State Focus on Stormwater

January 10, 2008 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state environmental agencies, including the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), have prioritized the inspection of stormwater controls and permitting compliance at construction sites.  Federal and state regulations require developers and builders to obtain permits and prepare and comply with Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs). […]

Minnesota Ethanol Producer Fined $300,000

December 3, 2007 On November 29, 2007, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) announced that Granite Falls Energy, an ethanol producer in western Minnesota, had agreed to pay a civil penalty of $300,000 to resolve alleged violations at the Granite Falls Energy facility in Granite Falls, Minnesota. The MPCA alleged that the facility allegedly violated […]

Maternowski to Speak at Wm Mitchell Law School on 12/1/2007

November 15, 2007 On Saturday, December 1, 2007, Joseph Maternowski will speak with students at the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota about careers in environmental law.  The William Mitchell Environmental Law Society is hosting the session entitled “Environmental Lawyers: What They Do and How They Got There” at 1:00 PM in […]

MPCA Fines Itself Without Prior, Independent Review

November 13, 2007   According to a November 2, 2007 story in the Rochester Post Bulletin, MPCA staff in the Superfund and Emergency Response Section working on the cleanup of groundwater at a former dry cleaning operation in Winona violated water quality standards during the cleanup.  The MPCA alleged that the MPCA was late in […]