Study Identifies Urgent Need for PFAS Prevention and Affordable Cleanup Options

A recently published report serves as a wake-up call for the need for a comprehensive solution to per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) pollution. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) report emphasizes the importance of prevention to safeguard the environment and public health. PFAS enters wastewater through various channels, including industrial processes, the use and disposal Read More

Comment Period Extended & Listening Session Scheduled for Draft PFAS Monitoring Plan

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has extended the public input period for the draft PFAS monitoring plan until Friday, January 21, 2022. The updated deadline will allow interested parties to review the MPCA PFAS sampling guidance and the revised PFAS analytical guidance. MPCA has an online PFAS monitoring plan comment form to gather input. Read More

MPCA Accepting Public Comments on Draft Impaired Waters List

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) released its proposed impaired waters list for 2022, which includes 305 water bodies with 417 new impairments, bringing the total to 2,904 water bodies with 6,168 impairments. For the first time, the MPCA listed waters in Greater Minnesota with perfluorinated alkylated substances (PFAS) contamination. Other notable waters on the 2022 list include the Root River in southeastern Read More

MN to Monitor for PFAS in Public Water Supplies

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) will begin to sample public water systems for perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) this year. In the first phase of the project, which is scheduled to start in early 2021, MDH will collect samples from approximately 60 community water systems (CWSs), including municipalities, some manufactured home parks, college campuses, prisons, and Read More

Help Available to Meet New MS4 Permit Requirements

Winter is approaching and icy roads are likely in parts of the country. In many areas, that means laying sand or salt on roadways. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) General Permit will be reissued on November 16, 2020. Minnesota communities need to be aware of some new requirements Read More

Draft MS4 General Permit Public Comments Open Until Jan. 11

The Draft Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems General Permit is available for public comment until January 11, 2020 on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s (MPCA) public notices webpage. The MS4 General Permit will provide coverage for approximately 249 entities, including cities, townships, counties, watershed districts, colleges and universities, correctional facilities, the department of transportation, and a Read More