Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management was fined $6,435 dollars by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
For two months in 2019, They emitted pollutants at a 66% higher rate than their permit allows from a solid waste incinerator and were one of 27 businesses fined more than $5,000 dollars in the first half of 2020.
Two other Alexandria firms were penalized under $5,000 dollars for violation. Eastside Storage – Alexandria LLC, for construction storm water violations in Alexandria and Mark Lee Excavating, for construction storm water violations in Alexandria.
The MPCA has concluded 118 enforcement cases in the first half of 2020. Environmental enforcement investigations often take several months, in some cases more than a year, to complete the investigation and issue final enforcement documents to regulated parties. Penalties are calculated using several factors, including harm done 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.