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Washington County (MN) Attorney Targets Environmental Crimes

October 31, 2012  The Washington County Attorneys Office announced earlier in October 2012 that it was dedicating a team of attorneys to prosecute environmental crime.  Two criminal prosecutors will coordinate efforts with a civil prosecutor from the County Attorney’s Office to investigate and charge environmental crimes cases. The team will work closely with Washington County’s […]

EPA and Pennsylvania Join Forces In Landmark Mobile Home Park Pollution Case

October 2, 2012    After a joint multi-year investigation, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) found evidence of more than 4,300 federal Clean Water Act violations at 15 mobile home parks in Pennsylvania where the defendants treat waste water, and more than 900 federal Safe Drinking […]

Sept. 18th New Law Webinar to Focus on Vapor Intrusion

September 7, 2012 Vapor intrusion is a new and developing environmental concern.  Regulators at the federal and state level are grappling with the issue.    In many cases regulators are now requiring that soil vapor issues be assessed when sites are being investigated.  Sites that have been cleaned up in the past are now being reevaluated […]

EnviroTrend: MPCA Backs Away From Enforcement

August 29, 2012   The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) recently provided information in response to a Minnesota Data Practices Act request that sheds some light on MPCA enforcement efforts from 2009 to present.  Based on the MPCA’s data and disclosure, a clear trend emerges: Enforcement actions filed by the MPCA against regulated parties across […]

Minnesota Supreme Court: Decision to Permit Cell Tower Near BWCA Will Stan

August 23, 2012   In a blow to environmentalists, including the environmental group The Friends of Boundary Waters Wilderness, the Minnesota Supreme Court has denied review of an earlier Minnesota Court of Appeals decision that permitted the construction of a 450 foot cell tower that would be visible form several wilderness lakes in the Boundary […]

Winds of Change Sweep Across MPCA

August 22, 2012  The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) was established by the Minnesota Legislature as a State Agency in 1967. Since that time laws have been enacted designed to protect air, land and water.  The MPCA has seen staff and program growth and decline.  In the past few years few years due to budget […]

Environmental Group Seeks Minnesota Supreme Court Review of Decision Permitting BWCA Cell Tower

July 18, 2012   An environmental group, The Friends of Boundary Waters Wilderness, is seeking Minnesota Supreme Court review of a June 18, 2012 Minnesota Court of Appeals decision that permitted the construction of a 450 foot cell tower that would be visible form several wilderness lakes in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA).  The […]

EPA Penalizes MN Contractor and ND Dept. of Transportation for Stormwater Violations

July 9, 2012   On June 28, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced that it reached a settlement with a Minnesota construction contractor and the North Dakota Department of Transportation (“NDDOT”) in a case involving alleged stormwater discharges in violation of the federal Clean Water Act affecting the Sheyenne River in Cass County, North […]

July 1st Deadline Looms for Companies Required to Report Under Federal Law

June 26, 2012  Businesses, including manufacturers, mines and electrical power generation facilities, that employ 10 or more persons, is specified in certain Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes, and manufacture or process more than 25,000 pounds of certain listed chemicals or otherwise use more than 10,000 pounds of such chemicals in a given year face an […]

Ask An Environmental Attorney: Does the MPCA Inspect After Major Rainfall Event?

June 22, 2012  Question from Ron S. in Duluth, Minnesota:  Duluth and other areas of St. Louis County in northeastern Minnesota were just hit with very heavy rains during the past few days.  Does the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) conduct stormwater inspections after such devastating events? Response:  The National Weather Service reported that during […]