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MPCA closes 109 enforcement cases in second half of 2019

 

February 12, 2020



MPCA closes 109 enforcement cases in second half of 2019

February 11, 2020

Contact: Stephen Mikkelson, 218-316-3887

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) today announced it has concluded 109 enforcement cases in the second half of 2019. Environmental enforcement investigations often take several months, in some cases more than a year, to complete the investigation and issue final enforcement documents to regulated parties. Penalties are calculated using several factors, including harm done to the environment, the economic benefit the company gained by failing to comply with environmental rules and laws, or how responsive and cooperative a regulated party was in correcting problems.

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 bring any company, individual, or local government back into compliance.

Enforcement cases with net penalty amounts of $5,000 or more

July - December 2019

Public date Company or individual(s) Violation location Violation(s) summary Net Penalty

8/29/2019 Lubrication Technologies Inc.

Roseville Aboveground tanks: Failed to document proper inspection and/or closure of underground piping and storage tanks. Failed to fix or replace broken hoses, which allowed oil to spill on the ground, and used improper leak testing methods. $61,680

8/7/2019 Heartland Corn Products

Winthrop Air quality: Improper operation and maintenance of pollution control equipment, record keeping, performance testing, and report submissions to the MPCA. Failed to properly manage stormwater, truck traffic dust, and hazardous wastes. $53,044

10/8/2019 Como Lube & Supplies Inc.

Duluth Aboveground tanks: Failed to address excessive corrosion on storage tanks and piping, to properly install overfill prevention and cathodic protection on several storage tanks, and to test for soil contamination under several removed tanks. $50,000

8/16/2019 Nationwide DI Water Solutions LLC Elgin Industrial wastewater: Failed to properly monitor some wastewater discharges, periodically exceeded discharge limits for copper and zinc, and failed to collect and submit samples from designated monitoring locations. $18,704

8/15/2019 Mike Thomas Two Harbors Construction stormwater: Began a construction project without obtaining required stormwater permits, sediment controls were not installed at the project site, exposed soils were not stabilized as required, and project personnel were not properly trained to inspect and implement stormwater pollution prevention practices. $14,660

7/25/2019 Pike Hills Dairy LLC Little Falls Feedlots: Liquid manure and manure-contaminated runoff flowed from the property to the Mississippi River. The owner did not properly report or attempt to clean up the discharge. $14,520

11/26/2019 O'Day Equipment LLC

Multiple locations in NE Minnesota Underground tanks: Failed to complete required notification forms for underground storage tank work at several gas stations in northeastern Minnesota. Failed to perform a tank-system upgrade project at the College of St. Scholastica. $14,000

8/9/2019 S.J. Louis Construction Inc. Nobles County Construction stormwater: Failed to provide required stabilization of exposed soils, install erosion controls, or conduct inspections on water-pipeline construction site, which created a pollution threat to nearby impaired waters, including Okabena Lake, Little Rock Creek, and the Little Rock River. $12,440

8/9/2019 Lewis & Clark Regional Water Systems Nobles County Construction stormwater: Failed to provide required stabilization of exposed soils, install erosion controls, or conduct inspections on water-pipeline construction site, which created a pollution threat to nearby impaired waters, including Okabena Lake, Little Rock Creek, and the Little Rock River. $12,420

10/21/2019 Meeker County Watkins Construction stormwater: Failed to install required erosion and sediment controls on the site of a highway construction project. The project design did not include proper post-construction stormwater management features. $10,925

12/4/2019 Rawlings Sporting Goods Inc. Caledonia Air quality: Exceeded limit for organic hazardous air pollutant (12-month rolling average) for spray booths at its coating facility. $10,327

11/4/2019 Kost Materials Audubon Wastewater: Failed to apply for required stormwater permit coverage, caused nuisance conditions to wetlands and Audubon Waterfowl Production Areas, and failed to notify the agency of the nuisance conditions. $10,240

8/9/2019 Kingswood Properties LLC Mankato Construction stormwater: Failed to apply for required stormwater permit coverage before beginning construction activity. Adversely affected 1.27 acres of wetland with sediment runoff. Failed to develop the required stormwater pollution prevention plan. Failed to install proper stormwater controls. $10,115

8/6/2019 Angel L Hedlund, Shawn A Hedlund, Hedlund Backhoe Service McIntosh Subsurface sewage treatment systems: Completed 10 SSTS designs, eight installations, and 36 inspections in the state without a license. Identified non-compliant septic systems as compliant. Identified two non-compliant systems as compliant in two point-of-sale inspections. $10,000

8/29/2019 Reconserve of Minnesota Inc. Rosemount Air quality: Failed to conduct monthly sawdust analysis for five months in 2017, exceeded limits for refuse-derived and mixed municipal solid waste fuel. Failed to submit semiannual reports on time. Failed to complete performance testing on time and failed to maintain documentation of the corrective actions taken. $9,380

8/29/2019 National Vision Inc. St. Cloud Hazardous waste: Failed fully train employees on proper waste handling and emergency procedures. Failed to properly manage, label and store its hazardous waste. Failed to evaluate waste a hazardous substance. Failed to appoint a hazardous waste emergency coordinator. $9,375

8/9/2019 Wendell Lorentz & Sons Construction Mankato Construction stormwater: Failed to apply for required stormwater permit coverage before beginning construction activity. Adversely affected 1.27 acres of wetland with sediment runoff. Failed to develop the required stormwater pollution prevention plan. Failed to install proper stormwater controls. $8,585

12/10/2019 Beemer Well Drilling Inc. Fairmont Subsurface sewage treatment systems: Failed to keep proper records relating to residential septic-system maintenance. Land-applied septage excessively, which potentially put groundwater at risk. Failed to properly train employees. $8,240

7/23/2019 Anderson Coatings Waltham Hazardous waste and solid waste: Operated a Class IV waste combustor and burned approximately 30 gallons of solid waste per month from 1995 to 2013 without the required permits. Produced waste sandblast and paint-related hazardous materials, but failed to obtain a hazardous waste generator license. Failed to evaluate wastes and handle them as hazardous waste. Failed to properly collect, store and transport solid waste accumulated at the facility. $8,029

10/22/2019 Fiber Commercial Technologies LLC Mankato Air quality: Failed to conduct or document required inspections for baghouses, HEPA filters, and cyclones. Failed to record staff training on control equipment. Failed to record pressure drop or visible emissions for low temperature fabric filters, pressure drops for cyclones, and the condition of filters. Failed to install a pressure drop gauge to conduct required daily pressure drop checks. $7,600

12/5/2019 Anthony Kangas, Kangas Enterprise Inc. McGregor Subsurface sewage treatment systems: Improper handling and land application of septage, improper record keeping, and inadequate staff training and supervision. $5,860

10/2/2019 Somme LLC, Verdun LLC Lakeville Air quality: Failed to calculate VOC emissions and track particulate matter emissions. Failed to develop a required operation and maintenance plan. Failed to conduct daily visual inspections of the panel filters. Failed to record visual inspections and when panel filters were changed. Failed to submit the initial hood evaluation. $5,310

8/1/2019 PFS MHC LLC Blaine Municipal wastewater: Discharged approximately 3,600 gallons of untreated sewage to waters in the Coon Creek Watershed. Failed to notify the Minnesota Duty Officer of discharge. Didn’t attempt to recover, stop, or minimize the discharge of untreated sewage. $5,000

Enforcement cases with net penalty amounts of less than $5,000

July - December 2019

• Minnerath Construction Inc., for construction stormwater violations in Watkins

• Voigts Dirt Service LLC, for wastewater violations in Solway

• Floe Craft LLC, for hazardous waste violations in McGregor

• Waterous Company, for air quality violations in South St. Paul

• Gerdau Ameristeel US Inc., for air quality violations in South St. Paul

• Wheaton-Dumont Co-op Elevator, for solid waste violations in Tenney

• Associated Milk Producers Inc., for industrial wastewater violations in Paynesville

• Al-Corn Clean Fuel, for wastewater violations in Claremont

• CWMF Corp., for hazardous waste violations in Waite Park

• Olmsted County, for air quality violations in Rochester

• City of Thief River Falls, for wastewater violations in Thief River Falls

• Mann Lake LTD, for hazardous waste violations in Hackensack

• Alex Adams and Danielle Adams, for solid waste violations in Frazee

• Ronald Wacker, for solid waste violations in New York Mills

• The Sierra Company LLC, for air quality violations in Minnetonka

• Assured Septics LLC, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations in Milaca

• RR Donnelley, for air quality violations in Chanhassen

• Northern States Power, dba Xcel Energy, for air quality violations in Bayport

• Retailer Services Corporation, for air quality violations in Anoka

• Arctic Cat Inc., for air quality violations in Thief River Falls

• Bruce Levan and Jane Levan, for solid waste violations in Elgin

• Waste Management of MN Inc., for solid waste violations in Bemidji

• Corn Plus, for air quality violations in Winnebago

• Henninger Construction LLC, for construction stormwater violations in Elysian

• JoAnn Gilbertson, for construction stormwater and solid waste violations in Pelican Rapids

• Veit & Company Inc., for construction stormwater violations in Eden Prairie

• Levi Miller and Susan Miller, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations in Canton

• David Frandle, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations in Blue Earth

• Dan Swartzentruber and Sarah Swartzentruber, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations in Canton

• Brett Wirth and Lisa Wirth, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations in Blue Earth

• Ammon Troyer and Anna Troyer, for subsurface sewage treatment system violations in Mabel

• City of Eden Prairie, for construction stormwater violations in Eden Prairie

More details on all 109 cases completed during the second half of 2019 can be found on the MPCA’s Compliance and Enforcement web page.

 

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