MPCA Levies Fines in 63 Enforcement Cases 07 Nov 13

 In its ongoing efforts to promote environmental compliance, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency concluded 63 enforcement cases in 39 counties throughout Minnesota during the third quarter of 2013.

 

Penalties from all 63 cases totaled just over $577,000.  About 45% of that total will be spent toward the completion of two supplemental environmental projects.  Vonco V of Duluth will spend $240,000 to remove hazardous materials, demolish buildings, dispose of building materials, and conduct site-restoration activities at what could amount to about 20 blighted properties in Duluth.  The Hibbing Public Utilities Commission will spend $17,250 on improvements to its facilities to reduce dust emissions.

 

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 achieve compliance for any company or local government that requests it. 

 

The following is a brief summary of all 63 cases completed during the third quarter of 2013:

 

Vonco V LLC/Victory & Vision Properties LLC, Duluth, for air quality and solid waste violations – $300,000 (this includes $240,000 toward a supplemental environmental project)

Hibbing Public Utilities Commission, Hibbing, for air quality violations – $34,500 (this includes $17,250 toward a supplemental environmental project)

Specialty Minerals, Inc., International Falls, for air quality violations – $24,000

Minnesota Department of Transportation, Princeton, for stormwater violations – $13,750

Vermillion Fuel, Tower, for above ground storage tank violations – $9,018

Hoyt Lakes wastewater treatment plant, Hoyt Lakes, for water quality violations – $8,950

St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud, for hazardous waste violations – $7,250

Ferrell Co., Annandale, for above ground storage tank violations – $7,040

Henkemeyer Demolition Landfill, Sauk Rapids, for solid waste violations – $7,000

Chet’s Plumbing, Menahga, for individual septic treatment system violations – $6,235

Eckert Farm Supply, Gibbon, for solid waste violations – $6,149

Roy Winjum, dba RAW Construction Co., Faribault, for individual septic treatment system violations – $5,394

Beaver Bay wastewater treatment plant, Beaver Bay, for water quality violations – $5,322

Micom Corp., New Brighton, for water quality violations – $5,218

Kurt and Beckie Kronebusch, Plainview, for air quality and solid waste violations – $5,000

City of Rochester, Rochester, for stormwater violations – $4,800

Geislinger and Sons, Inc., Rochester, for stormwater violations – $4,800

Clearwater Forest LLC, South Haven, for water quality violations – $4,700

Lyle’s Used Trucks & Truck Parts, Bemidji, for stormwater violations – $4,700

Manion Lumber & Truss, Inc., Pillager, for water quality violations – $4,700

Elgin Milk Service, Inc., Elgin, for hazardous waste violations – $4,300

Houston County Airport, Caledonia, for water quality violations – $4,300

Kockelman Construction, Canby, for solid waste violations – $4,225

X-cel Optical Co., Sauk Rapids, for hazardous waste violations – $4,200

Lake County Gravel Pits, Two Harbors, for water quality violations – $4,190

ConAgra Flour Mill, Hastings, for air quality violations – $4,150

Stier Trucking LLC, Belle Plaine, for solid and hazardous waste violations – $4,100

Kimmes Bauer Well Drilling & Irrigation, Blooming Prairie, for water quality violations – $4,000

American Artstone Co., New Ulm, for stormwater violations – $3,900

Bergh’s Fabricating, Inc., Willmar, for stormwater violations – $3,900

Jarraff Industries, St. Peter, for stormwater violations – $3,900

Meeker County Transfer Station, Litchfield, for stormwater violations – $3,900

Brannt-Valley Excavating, Winona, for water quality violations – $3,900

Wausau Paper Mill LLC, Brainerd, for hazardous waste violations – $3,850

Scott Verhelst, Canby, for solid waste violations – $3,737

Nashwauk wastewater treatment plant, Nashwauk, for water quality violations – $3,691

J-n-J’s Recycling, Inc., Mora, for hazardous waste violations – $3,350

Michael Gross, dba Lacey Rentals, Inc., Brandon, S.D., for individual septic treatment system violations – $3,325

Richard Serocki, dba Serocki Excavating, Inc., Browns Valley, for individual septic treatment system violations – $3,000

Great Lakes Aquarium of Lake Superior, Duluth, for water quality violations – $3,000

Dean Ristow Property Services LLC, Mora, for hazardous waste violations – $2,750

Randy’s Auto Body & Glass, Redwood Falls, for solid and hazardous waste violations – $2,650

Rudy Bjerga Construction, Staples, for solid waste violations – $2,640

SMI & Hydraulics, Inc., Porter, for hazardous waste violations – $2,600

Lee Hanson, dba Serocki Excavating, Inc., Browns Valley, for individual septic treatment system violations – $2,593

Cirrus Design Corp., Duluth, for hazardous waste violations – $2,147

Red Wing Cabinetry, Red Wing, for air quality violations – $1,725

McKay Lincoln Mercury, Inc., Coon Rapids, for air quality violations – $1,687

Pauline Brannan, Kasson, for solid waste violations – $1,625

Affordable Pumping Service, Inc., Litchfield, for individual septic treatment system violations – $1,618

Renetta Swanson, Dunnell, for air quality and solid waste violations – $1,300

Kandi-Lake Excavating, Inc., Lake Lillian, for individual septic treatment system violations – $1,100

Precision Septic Service, Alden, for asbestos violations – $1,000

Carlson Finishers, Trimont, for feedlot violations – $1,000

Roger Matejka Farm, Sherburn, for feedlot violations – $1,000

Scott & Lavonne Hipp, Henderson, for solid waste violations – $1,000

Lowell Heiderscheidt, dba Heiderscheidt Construction, Sleepy Eye, for solid waste violations – $875

Anderson Repair, Frost, for solid waste violations – $575

AEHC LLC, dba Suite Liv’n, Willmar, for asbestos violations – $500

Altmann Family Pork, Inc., New Ulm, for feedlot violations – $500

Gerald Hohlen, dba Hohlen Excavating & Sewer, Bock, for individual septic treatment system violations – $500

Supreme Pork, Inc., Lake Benton, for feedlot violations – $500

Bishop Excavating, Blooming Prairie, for asbestos violations – $350

 

A complete summary of environmental enforcement actions and news releases can be found on theMPCA’s News Media Center Web page.  For questions on specific enforcement cases, please contact Stephen Mikkelson, Information Officer at (218) 316-3887, or toll free at (800) 657-3864.