The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency concluded 27 enforcement cases addressing air, water, hazardous waste, and solid waste pollution during the fourth quarter of 2011.
The cases occurred at facilities in 27 counties throughout Minnesota. For all of 2011, the MPCA completed 159 enforcement cases.
“This is really about balancing our charge to protect the environment while maintaining a level playing field for all businesses,” said MPCA Compliance and Enforcement Manager Jeff Connell in a news release. “Agency staff continues to provide support and information on how to stay in compliance for any company or local government seeking help.”
Area cases completed in the fourth quarter of 2011, with penalty fine amounts, included: Long Prairie Packing Co., Long Prairie: water-quality violations, $52,000; Homecrest Outdoor Living, Wadena: air-quality violations, $13,000; ATEK Manufacturing, Brainerd, water-quality and hazardous waste violations, $8,125; Carly Winscher Farm, Royalton, feedlot violations, $6,900.
The total of fines in the fourth quarter was just below $1.2 million. A complete summary of environmental enforcement actions and news releases may be found on the MPCA’s News Media Center webpage www.pca.state.mn.us/newscenter/index.html. For questions on specific enforcement cases, call Stephen Mikkelson, Information Officer at (218) 316-3887 or (800) 657-3864.