Several area companies and individuals were penalized in enforcement cases filed by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in the second half of 2019, according to a news release.

On Nov. 4, Kost Materials of Audubon was fined $10,240 for a wastewater violation. It 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, according to the agency news release.

That was the only penalty over $5,000 in this area, but several penalties under $5,000 were filed:

  • Alex Adams and Danielle Adams, for solid waste violations in Frazee.
  • Ronald Wacker, for solid waste violations in New York Mills.
  • JoAnn Gilbertson, for construction stormwater and solid waste violations in Pelican Rapids.
  • Waste Management of Minnesota Inc., for solid waste violations in Bemidji.
  • Arctic Cat Inc., for air quality violations in Thief River Falls.

In all, the agency wrapped up 109 environmental enforcement cases the second half of last year, according to the release. Investigations often take several months, and in some cases more than a year, to complete the investigation and issue final enforcement documents to regulated parties.

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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, according to the release.

More details on all 109 cases completed during the second half of 2019 can be found online at www.pca.state.mn.us/regulations/enforcement.