In its ongoing efforts to promote environmental compliance, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) concluded 65 enforcement cases in 42 counties throughout Minnesota during the second quarter of 2013.
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.
Imposing monetary penalties is only part of the MPCA's enforcement process. Agency staff provide assistance, support and information on the steps and tools necessary to achieve compliance for any company or local government that requests it.
Local businesses that were citied include
"Granite Falls Redi-Mix, Granite Falls, for stormwater violations - $10,000
"RIE Coatings Inc., Eden Valley, for hazardous waste violations - $2,930
"AEMSCO Inc., dba Willmar Farm Center, Willmar, for hazardous waste violations - $750