MPCA enforcement cases down in 2023

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) closed 291 enforcement cases for water quality, air quality, waste, stormwater and wastewater violations in 2023. That’s down from over 400 enforcement cases in 2022.

The highest penalty issued in 2023 for a construction stormwater permit was $52,378. Of the 291 enforcement cases, 71 of the penalties issued were for $5,000 or more.

Source: MPCA

According to MPCS, the penalties are calculated using several factors, including harm done or potential for harm to the environment, the economic benefit the company gained by failing to comply with environmental laws or how responsive and cooperative a regulated party was in correcting problems. MPCA states that imposing monetary penalties is only part of their enforcement process. Agency staff provides assistance, support and information on the steps and tools necessary to bring any company, individual or local government back into compliance.