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MPCA fines two area farms for feedlot violations

In an ongoing effort to promote environmental compliance, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency concluded 34 enforcement cases in 26 counties throughout Minnesota during the second quarter of 2012.

Two violations, both of them involving water quality, were reported in Douglas and Pope counties: The Wayne and Joe Wagner Farm in Brandon was penalized $9,000 for feedlot violations and Curt Blair of Glenwood was penalized $5,500, also for feedlot violations.

Of the more than $326,000 issued in penalties in these cases, nearly $115,000 will be spent toward the completion of supplemental environmental projects.

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.