MPCA fines Clearwater County township and Plummer construction company

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says a construction company and a Clearwater County township completed a road project without filing the appropriate permits.

According to a release, the 10-block road project in Holst Township completed in July 2020 by Triple D Construction did not obtain the required stormwater permits.

Triple D Construction is headquartered in Plummer.

Other violations included failing to develop a stormwater pollution protection plan, failing to install various sediment controls, and failing to conduct required inspections.

The parties paid a combined $15,000 civil penalty and have completed corrective actions.

“MPCA rules and regulations are designed to protect human health and the environment by limiting pollution emissions and discharges from facilities,” said the release.

“When companies do not fully comply with regulatory requirements, the resulting pollution can be harmful to people and the environment.”

“When calculating penalties, the MPCA takes into account how seriously the violations affected or could have affected the environment, and whether they were first-time or repeat violations. The agency also attempts to recover the economic benefit the company gained by failing to comply with environmental laws in a timely manner.”

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