ST. PAUL - In its ongoing efforts to promote environmental compliance, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) concluded 78 enforcement cases throughout Minnesota during the third quarter of 2012.
More than a quarter of the cases were for storm water violations. Improper storm water management during or after construction projects, can cause erosion and allow sediment-laden runoff to enter lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands. In addition to monetary penalties, storm water-related cases usually require a series of corrective actions to bring projects back into compliance with state rules and regulations.
Penalties from all 78 cases totaled more than $540,000. Imposing monetary penalties is only part of the MPCA enforcement process. Agency staff also provide assistance, support and information on the steps and tools necessary to achieve compliance for any company or local government that requests it.
Recent cases included Mark and Michelle Melberg, Hector, $10,000, solid waste violations; Triple J Family Farms, Buffalo Lake, $4,850, solid waste violations; TMT Green Acres, Inc., Morgan, $3,500, feedlot violations; Garth Carlson farm, Truman, $750, feedlot violations; Eric Helget farm, Sleepy Eye, $500, feedlot violations.