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Wausau Paper among MPCA enforcement cases

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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

Wausau Paper among MPCA enforcement cases

Wausau Paper in Brainerd was penalized $3,850 in the third quarter of 2013 as part of 63 enforcement cases by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).

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The MPCA concluded 63 enforcement cases in 39 counties throughout the state. Penalties from all cases totaled just more than $577,000. About 45 percent 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.

Enforcement cases in the lakes area included:

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

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

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

• Wausau Paper Mill, Brainerd, for hazardous waste violations, $3,850.

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

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