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

New Resources Available for Chloride Pollution Reduction

Cities across Minnesota are working to reduce chloride pollution in lakes and streams, by reducing road salt usage or reducing the amount of salty discharges to their wastewater treatment plants. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) recently announced two new resources to help with these efforts: Suite of model ordinances to regulate deicers Guide for Read More

MPCA Requests Comments on Amendments to Operator Training Requirements

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is requesting comments on changes being considered for the training required to renew a Type IV land disposal facility certification. Type IV facilities apply biosolids from treated wastewater and industrial wastes on identified parcels of land for disposal. The MPCA plans to amend Minn. R. pt. 7048.1000 to reduce the number Read More

Cities Crack Down on Grease-Clogged Sanitary Sewers

  Just in time for the holiday season, Minneapolis is the latest city in Minnesota to adopt an ordinance to prevent fats, oil and grease (FOG) from being dumped down drains, which can cause costly clogs in the sanitary sewer system. Clogs related to FOG are often noticed when homes and businesses experience sewer backups Read More